Over the years, many JOVS reviewers have made outstanding contributions to the peer review process. They demonstrated professional effort and enthusiasm in their reviews and provided comments that genuinely help the authors to enhance their work.
Hereby, we would like to highlight some of our outstanding reviewers, with a brief interview of their thoughts and insights as a reviewer. Allow us to express our heartfelt gratitude for their tremendous effort and valuable contributions to the scientific process.
Hiromitsu Takizawa, University of Tokushima, Japan
Dr. Hiromitsu Takizawa is a Professor of Department of Thoracic, Endocrine Surgery and Oncology, Institute of Health Bioscience, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan. He became a board certified surgeon of The Japanese Association for Chest Surgery in 2008 and has been working as a staff surgeon at Tokushima University Hospital. He has been a chief of General Thoracic Surgery at Tokushima University Hospital since 2016. His main research theme is focusing on developing technologies of visualization for lung cancer surgery which include sentinel node navigation surgery, autofluorescence imaging for visceral pleural invasion of lung cancer, and bronchoscopic metallic coil marking for peripheral small lung lesions.
Peer review, according to Dr. Takizawa, is one of the important processes in determining whether the selection of research subjects and methods, the interpretation and analysis of results, and the conclusions drawn from them are appropriate. Through peer review, scientific papers are evaluated for their novelty and impact on the research area. Even if the paper is judged to be worthy of publication, the expert’s critical or encouraging comments will help to further improve the accuracy and value of the paper.
Speaking of the qualities a reviewer should possess, Dr. Takizawa believes that abundant knowledge in the research area and ability to perceive the validity of the research are important. Reviewers are required to have the ability to calmly analyze data, as researchers sometimes misinterpret results due to bias.
We should be aware of the fact that no researcher is free of Conflict of Interest (COI). To Dr. Takizawa, research results are always biased by different levels of COI. Therefore, it is essential to disclose the COI, and the readers should critically decipher the research results while taking that information into consideration.
“Our dedication to peer review should contribute to the advancement of science and our own growth,” says Dr. Takizawa.