Reviewer of the Month (2024)

Posted On 2024-01-29 10:29:22

In 2024, JSS reviewers continue to make 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.

January, 2024
Won Hyung A. Ryu, Oregon Health & Science University, USA


January, 2024

Won Hyung A. Ryu

Dr. Won Hyung (Andrew) Ryu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University, USA. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Calgary and fellowship training in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University. Dr. Ryu’s academic focus is on spine surgery with a subspecialty interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and spine oncology. Aside from a busy clinical practice, he continues to be active in clinical and translational research. His research projects range from spine oncology, utilization of artificial intelligence in the management of spinal disorders, simulation-based surgical education, and large database analysis. Dr. Ryu is an executive committee member for the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve along with a contributing member of the AANS/CNS Joint Guidelines Review Committee. Learn more about him here.

The responsibility of a peer reviewer, according to Dr. Ryu, is to provide an independent and unbiased assessment of scientific research to ensure that published studies have upheld proper standards of the scientific process. This requires the reviewers to be knowledgeable about research methodology, statistics, and the subject matter of interest. Furthermore, reviewers should have an in-depth understanding of the current body of evidence and published research. Utilizing these qualities, reviewers should provide constructive criticism and suggestions to improve the quality of the scientific manuscript. The peer-review process is essential in maintaining the quality of the scientific process and journal integrity.

From a reviewer’s perspective, Dr. Ryu believes that reporting guidelines are beneficial for all stakeholders of scientific research, including the authors, the journal, and the readers. They establish standardization of communication along with ensuring key components of the scientific process have been considered for the research project and manuscript.

(by Lareina Lim, Brad Li)