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Reviewer Profile - Professor Togas Tulandi

Professor Tulandi is the author of 12 books, 60 book chapters and more than 300 peer-reviewed articles

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Professor Togas Tugandi

Togas Tulandi MD, MHCM is Professor and Academic Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  He also holds the Milton Leong Chair in Reproductive Medicine.

As well as his medical degrees, Professor Tulandi has an MSc degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University and is the author of 12 books, 60 book chapters and over 300 peer reviewed articles.  He is a past President of the Society for Reproductive Surgeons, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and the Fellowship Board of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists  (AAGL).

He is currently Chair of the Specialty Committee in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Member of the Board of Trustees of AAGL.


1. What do you enjoy most about being a reviewer?
I most enjoy providing comments and suggestions to improve trials and manuscripts.  

2. In the time that you've been a reviewer, what trends have you noticed?
Increased submissions from developing countries.

3. How do you envision the role of the reviewer being different in the year 2020?
That it is more transparent.

4. What advice would you give to a new reviewer?
Be thorough especially in reviewing the methodology and tables. Make sure that the authorship fulfills the criteria of authorship (if possible).

5. What would you change about the peer review process if you could?
Currently, reviewers are volunteers and journals are having difficulty in finding volunteers. If they do, it takes time to obtain their reviews. Compensation for their time and work, either tangible or intangible, should be considered. Journals should make sure that all authors fulfill the criteria of authorship.

6. What do you think people would find most surprising about your role as a reviewer?
That it is unpaid work.

7. How do you balance your role as a reviewer with your other roles?
As an academician, I enjoy reviewing manuscripts and try to find the time to do the review quickly. I expect others to do the same for our manuscripts.

8. What is your favourite quote?
"Every really new idea looks crazy at first." Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

9. What do you like to do for fun? 
I enjoy exercise, writing, reading and listening to jazz.

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