Journal of Urology Open Access Manuscript Review (2023)

The Journal of Urology® Open Access Manuscript Review is a comprehensive learning activity. The clinical review of manuscripts being considered for publication in The Journal of Urology® Open Plus provides a format of learning for clinical reviewers and ensures that the highest standards for evidence-based clinical content are met.

The AUA values the time and expertise provided by our manuscript reviewers and editors.  

Thank you for volunteering!

Target Audience

Non-Urologist (MD or DO)

Learning Objectives

After completing this manuscript review, reviewers will be able to:

  • Analyze the manuscript and other background material as required toward increased knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Recognize opportunities to apply this increased knowledge of the subject matter in clinical practice.
  • Appraise the manuscript for sound, evidence-based scientific principles that are generally accepted as valid by the medical profession.
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Marisa Clifton, MD
JU Open Plus, Associate Editor
John's Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
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Education Council

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COI Review Work Group

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AUA Staff have nothing to disclose

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. 

Method of Participation for Credit

Manuscript Reviewers

  1. The review of the manuscript will be graded on a scale of "1" to "5" with "1" being the best possible grade.
    • The editor will assess the responses provided by the manuscript reviewer and approve or disapprove the request for credit.
    • Only reviews graded "1," "2," or "3" will be eligible for credit. 
  2. The reviewer of the manuscript must indicate in Editorial Manager that they wish to claim credit and provide the following:
    • A brief description of the knowledge, competence or performance improvements gained through the review of the manuscript.
    • A valid AUA ID to have credits added to your AUA transcript. 
      • If you do not have an AUA ID, please go to and click on the "Request New Account" button. Complete and submit the form to create your login.  Once complete, login to view your AUA ID located under "About Me". 

Note: Participants who complete all requirements will receive 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM for each manuscript review.  Credits will automatically be added to your AUA transcript on a quarterly basis.


The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The American Urological Association designates this manuscript review activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Learners

The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Evidence Based Content

It is the policy of the AUA to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

AUA Disclosure Policy

All persons in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., activity planners, presenters, authors) are required to disclose to the provider all financial relationships with any commercial interest during the previous 24 months. The AUA must determine if the individual’s relationships may influence the educational content and mitigate any conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent individuals with relevant financial relationships from participating, but rather to provide learners information with which they can make their own judgments.

Mitigation of Identified Conflict of Interest

All disclosures will be reviewed by the AUA Conflict of Interest (COI) Review Work Group Chair and/or Vice Chair for identification of conflicts of interest. The AUA COI Review Work Group, working with Office of Education staff, will document the mechanism(s) for management and mitigation of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. Any of the mechanisms below can/will be used to mitigate conflict of interest:
•    Peer review for valid, evidence-based content by the AUA COI Review Work Group. 
•    Attestation that clinical recommendations are evidence-based and free of commercial bias.
•    Introduction of a debate format (point-counterpoint)
•    Inclusion of moderated panel discussion with unbiased moderator
•    Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
•    Divestiture of the relationship by faculty
•    Recusal from controlling relevant aspects of planning 
•    Selection of alternative faculty for specific topic

Off-label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.



The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty, authors and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the AUA.

Reproduction Permission

Reproduction of written materials developed for this AUA course is prohibited without the written permission from individual authors and the American Urological Association.

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Manuscript Reviewers wishing to claim CME credit for completed reviews may request credits when submitting their review in Editorial Manager. 

No registration is required.

Credits for approved reviews will automatically be added to your AUA Transcript on a quarterly basis in January, April, July and October for the preceding three months.