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Reviewer Profile - Dr. Manuel Moya

Experienced reviewer Professor Manuel Moya shares his thoughts on the peer-review process

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In this issue's Reviewer Profile, we meet Dr. Manuel Moya, Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Pediatric Dr. Manuel MoyaDepartment at the University Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Spain.

Manuel graduated with Extraordinary Award from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Literaria de Valencia. His thesis was awarded a Sobresaliente Cum Laude. Following graduation, he worked as a specialist in pediatrics and child health in the Spanish National Health Service and then as a full Professor of pediatrics and Chief of the Pediatric Department at the Hospital Universitario de Canarias in Tenerife. He has received training in both the United Kingdom and the United States. 

His fields of interest are pediatric nutrition, obesity and lipid metabolism  As well as his current position at the University of Miguel Hernandez, Manuel is also Vice-President of the European Pediatric Association, a Member of the IPA Foundation Board and a Member of the IPA's Expert Committee on Nutrition.

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1. What do you enjoy most about being a reviewer?
The opportunity of assessing  new data/science and helping to improve the manuscript quality.

2. In the time that you've been a reviewer, what trends have you noticed?
The positive acceleration of the whole reviewing procedure: e-assessment is improving. Perhaps too many e-journals (or pseudo journals) with very varied quality levels.

3. How do you envision the role of the reviewer being different in the year 2020?
A clarified panorama of e-journals with different aims and levels.Simpler procedures of evaluation with the possibility of checking at once the given references.

4. What advice would you give to a new reviewer?
Focus on the manuscript value, to analyze thoroughly 'Methods' and to consider that formal aspects can be improved. Open eyes for hidden bogus science. 

5. What would you change about the peer review process if you could?
Not much. Perhaps to have the possibility of discussing some points with the other referee

6. What do you think people would find most surprising about your role as a reviewer?
If the paper is savable, to encourage authors through feasible modifications

7. How do you balance your role as a reviewer with your other roles?
My main role is academic, reviewer is an altruistic and voluntary role. Sometimes my main one interferes with my reviewing, causing delays.

8. What is your favorite quote?
Some and varied: "... To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all." Sir William Osler, 1849-1919.

9. What do you like to do for fun?
Passively: classic music
Actively: to ride my motorbike

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