CME Information and Guidelines for Manuscript Review

The Editors of American Journal of Ophthalmology in conjunction with the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education (EOCME) are pleased to offer an AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM credit program for registered American Journal of Ophthalmology physician reviewers ("reviewers") who complete academically rigorous manuscript reviews meeting all necessary requirements. The Editorial Office will track qualifying reviews, and eligible reviewers will receive information regarding how to claim credits at the time that a decision is made on a manuscript. The EOCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The objectives and requirements for this learning activity can be found below.

For each satisfactory review completed within the specified time frame, reviewers are eligible to claim 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Reviewers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. Reviewers may claim a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM per year for manuscript review CME credits.

Objectives of this manuscript review CME learning activity

  1. Evaluate prospective contributions to the medical literature in relation to your understanding of the established evidence base.
  2. Provide constructive feedback to improve the quality, relevance, accuracy, and/or rigor of submitted manuscripts, based on reviewers’ own practice, expertise, and knowledge of related literature.


A general guide to how to review a manuscript can be found here.

Requirements for Reviewer CME credit

To be eligible to earn 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for a manuscript review, each reviewer will be required to:

  • Have no significant conflict of interests* related to his/her ability to critique the manuscript and attest to such on this form.
  • Complete the American Journal of OphthalmologyReview Form, based on his/her clinical expertise and knowledge of the relevant literature. Specifically, in each review, the reviewer will be required to:
    • Briefly summarize the content of the manuscript;
    • Discuss its strengths, weaknesses and novelty / importance with respect to clinical practice or the literature;
    • Provide comments on each section of the manuscript.
  • Complete the CME Evaluation and Attestation Form


*The ACCME defines a "commercial interest" as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit