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Peer Review for the AORN Journal

If you enjoy reading and critiquing manuscripts and have an interest in maintaining the high quality of the AORN Journal, consider joining the Peer Review Panel!

Serving as a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal is a rewarding experience—one that can enhance your career and support other nurses' writing efforts. Whether you are an expert in clinical practice, management, education, research, or quality improvement, your participation on the Peer Review Panel will help Journal authors get their message out to improve perioperative nursing practice.

To help you better understand the peer review process, a variety of resources and a list of general qualifications and responsibilities are included below. If you would like to be considered for the Peer Review Panel, send your resume or curriculum vitae to Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joy Don Baker at aornjournal@aorn.org.

Peer review resources

For all other reviewer information, visit the EES site.

General qualifications and responsibilities for all peer reviewers


  • Content experts and practitioners in related areas of specialty practice or education

  • Knowledge of perioperative practice, trends, and issues

  • Interest in or experience with publishing

  • Knowledgeable about trends that affect perioperative patient care in general and perioperative nursing in particular

  • Cognizant of new or improved technologies or practices affecting perioperative nursing care

  • Competent with online peer review system


  • Provide substantive reviews of manuscripts in areas of content expertise using the online peer review portion of the Elsevier Editorial System (EES).

  • Complete the review within the specified timeframe (typically 14 days).

  • Decline to review an article if you have a conflict of interest.

  • Be willing to participate annually in the judging of articles for the AORN Journal Writers Contest.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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