Reviewer support

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The Journal of High Threat & Austere Medicine (JHTAM). aims to provide a service to authors and the research community by making as much research available as possible, provided it meets JHTAM standards of research conduct and ethical procedure and is approved after peer review.

Role of the reviewer

If we need your help with appraising a manuscript, we will email you and ask you to accept or decline the invitation through our ScholarOne submission site.

We ask reviewers to help us to ensure that any studies published in JHTAM are conducted properly, are scientifically credible, reported according to the appropriate guidelines (egCONSORT for clinical trials) and ethical. All research in JHTAM is published under an open access licence. We do not ask reviewers to judge importance or breadth of appeal.

The editorial team is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript, based on the reviewers' comments.

We welcome feedback from our reviewers. If you have any comment you want to make, either on a manuscript you have reviewed and our decision on it, or on our review process in general, we would be pleased to hear from you.

To become a JHTAM reviewer

The Australian Tactical Medical Association is seeking expressions of interest from experienced practitioners, researchers and authors with interest in reviewing for JHTAM. If you are interested in reviewing, please contact the JHTAM editorial office at

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author, may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication and lies at the heart of the scientific method. Applications should include details of your expertise and standing within the tactical/trauma/para medical/acute care clinical community as well as your knowledge of publication processes. If able, please include up to two examples of previousreviews of articles you have conducted for JHTAM or another journal. Your application should be accompanied by a brief CV (maximum three pages) and submitted to: Dr Ben Mackie, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of High Threat & Medicine

Resources for reviewers

Peer review must often seem like a thankless task but without it the JHTAM could not survive. We depend on our reviewers to help us assess the quality and usefulness of the numerous manuscripts we receive each year.

Below is information and resources about peer review, advice about how to become a reviewer and how to write a good review, and our reviewer terms and conditions which are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers which also provides further information on how to be objective and constructive in your review.

• Free Online Course on Journal Peer Review | Cochrane Eyes and Vision

• Peer review training and resources | EQUATOR Network (

• Reviewer training materials | The BMJ

• ScholarOne reviewer support