Peer Review Policy

Editors review each new submission to determine if the manuscript will proceed to the next step of the peer review process. Every submission is moved forward and sent to a minimum of two anonymous reviewers. The names of peer reviewers are blinded to all authors. Once all reviews have been received by the editors, the corresponding authors are sent an editorial decision letter along with the blinded peer reviewer feedback. If the manuscript requires revisions prior to acceptance, authors are given 30 days from the day the decision was made to resubmit the revised article. Failure to submit within this timeline is cause for the article to be withdrawn from consideration for publication.

Once the article is accepted, the production team will convert the article to the official JGEM template and send a galley proof to be approved by the authors before publication. Please note, the purpose of the galley proof is for catching usage/formatting errors and typos, NOT for substantial changes to the manuscript content. Any changes made by the authors after the article has already been accepted, will subject the manuscript to undergo another review process and possible rejection. Authors will receive notices to the email address associated with their account during each step of the process.

Final decisions on submissions are ultimately the responsibility of the JGEM editorial board, which makes determinations based on reviewer recommendations, author responses and revisions, and the paper’s quality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s aims and scope. Editorial decisions are not affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race or religion of the authors. Submissions by members of the editorial board are processed by the managing editor and production team to ensure blinded peer reviewers are used and unbiased reviews are obtained. Copyright infringement and plagiarism are not tolerated. JGEM is not obligated to publish your article.

During the review process, editors do not disclose any information about the submission to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and other editorial advisers. Any manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents. Editors strive to ensure that peer review is fair, unbiased, and timely. The journal encourages reviewers to comment on ethical questions and possible misconduct raised by submissions and to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism.

Reviews are conducted objectively and include supporting arguments for observations so that authors can use them to improve their paper. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

Informed Consent

Patient identifiers will not be published in JGEM unless written informed consent is given and the content is essential for the scientific purpose and merit of the manuscript. Photographs of subjects showing any recognizable features must be accompanied by their signed release authorizing publication, as must case reports that provide enough unique identification of a person (other than name) to make recognition possible. Failure to obtain the informed consent of the patient prior to submission would result in manuscript rejection.

Human & Animal Rights

All Original Research submissions that involve human subjects and/or animals are required to have quality improvement designation or an IRB waiver/approval.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Additional Policies


All articles accepted in JGEM are published under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

Open Access Compliance

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Content cannot be used for commercial purposes. Content that was remixed, transformed, built upon, or modified cannot be distributed. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

As further described in our Submission Agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign all article copyright to SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest. JGEM's content currently isn’t archived with a long-term preservation service. Our vision is to be indexed in PudMed Central where articles will be archived long-term.

Advertising Policy

JGEM does not currently support advertising within our articles or on our website.

Data Sharing

JGEM supports the growing movement to make research more open. This leads to a fairer, more efficient, and more accountable research landscape, ultimately driving a more effective and faster pace of discovery. We are committed to improving the openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research. We support a standard-level policy of “ENCOURAGES” data.

JGEM encourages authors to share data supporting the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors may provide a data availability statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published in their paper. Shared data should be cited.” All accepted manuscripts may elect to publish a data availability statement to confirm the presence or absence of shared data. If you have shared data, this statement will describe how the data can be accessed and include a persistent identifier (e.g., a DOI for the data, or an accession number) from the repository where you shared the data. You may use the Standard Templates for Author Use license or draft your own.

AAH Institutional Repository Conditions of Use

Users of the SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest website and/or software agree not to misuse the SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest service or software in any way.

The failure of SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

If have questions about the terms listed above, please contact the editors.