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Physiological Measurement: 2016 Reviewer Awards

Reviewer of the Year: Dr Ben Stansfield, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

For Dr Ben Stansfield, reviewing offers a pre-publication glimpse into the future of his field of study. Dr Stansfield finds being able to review Physiological Measurement (PM) articles focusing on physical activity measurement and the health consequences of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, both enjoyable and beneficial to his work. One paper that recently interested him used several different sources of information to investigate complex interactions between changes in physical activity and falls outcomes in older people: Disentangling the health benefits of walking from increased exposure to falls in older people using remote gait monitoring and multi-dimensional analysis.

When reviewing, Dr Stansfield looks for novelty and good storytelling. There has to be a clear purpose to the work presented, with well-defined logic and an obvious move forward in science. He urges fellow reviewers not to be hypercritical of manuscripts that are not written in the way they would write them; although it is important that the research is understandable and unambiguous.

Dr Stansfield believes the peer review process is appropriate if reviewers are both knowledgeable and willing to dedicate the time to it. Pre-publication review is essential, he says, because it provides readers with confidence in the quality of journal articles.

Prompted to become familiar with PM’s content after the journal promoted an ICAMPAM conference he had been involved in, Dr Stansfield is delighted to be acknowledged for his efforts—but he views the task as his responsibility as a researcher. He has also acted as Lead Editor on Focus Issues relating to the ICAMPAM events in the journal.

Outstanding Reviewers:

  • Mr Fernando Andreotti, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
  • Dr Johan Arends, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Dr Sergio Caravita, Dept of Cardiovascular, Neural and Metabolic Sciences, Ospedale San Luca IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
  • Dr Miguel Garcia-Gonzalez, Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Dr Erik Gommer, Academisch Ziekenhuis Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Dr Dieter Hayn, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Mr Christoph Bernhard Hoog Antink, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Dr Henry Lukaski, Univ North Dakota, United States
  • Dr Dick Markhorst, VU Universiteit Medical Centre, Netherlands
  • Dr Alda Marques, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Dr Jan Meijer, VU Universiteit Medical Centre, Netherlands
  • Professor Alan Murray, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Jonathan Mynard, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia
  • Professor Stefano Omboni, Italian Institute of Telemedicine, Italy
  • Dr Leonid Rubchinsky, Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, United States
  • Dr Mirja Tenhunen, Tampere University Hospital, Finland
  • Professor Tatsuo Togawa, Waseda University, Japan
  • Mr Heikki Vaananen, Aalto University, Finland
  • Professor Eung Woo, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea