Over the years, a growing number of articles based on work conducted outside the United States has appeared in the pages of the American Journal of Public Health. This reflects both the global nature of public health and the commitment of the Journal's editorial staff to embrace and promote this reality. It is true that many threats to health have no national boundaries—threats that range from harmful microorganisms to irresponsible corporate practices. It is also true that learning about responses to these challenges from public health workers around the world helps show how unified we are as a human race. Ann Moore's stewardship of an article on how mothers serve as a substantial but perhaps untapped resource for their HIV-positive daughters enables readers from all corners of the world to reflect on such a universal asset.
We need more articles and reports in the pages of the Journal from sub-Saharan Africa, which continues to bear a disproportionate share of the global disease burden, in the pages of the Journal. In honoring Anne Moore as a reviewer, we encourage more such submissions. Global learning also depends on intellectual generosity, a reviewer's reward. We welcome more reviewers who wish to share in this commitment.
Like many reviewers who give generously of their time and talent in service to the Journal, and on behalf of the editors of the AJPH, it is my privilege to recognize Ann M. Moore, PhD, as the Year 2010 AJPH Reviewer of the Year. Indicative of the thought and care that goes into her work, Anne Moore was nominated and selected for her review of the paper titled, “Rethinking HIV/AIDS Disclosure Among Women Within the Context of Motherhood in South Africa,” by Juliet Iwelunmor, Nompumelelo Zungu, and Collins O. Airhihenbuwa (Am J Public Health. 2010;100(8):1393–1399).
When initially submitted to the Journal, the paper was sent out for peer review but not accepted. However because the reviewers felt that the work held promise and the topic was important to public health, the authors were encouraged to submit a new paper. It was this new submission that Moore, whose expertise perfectly matched the paper's topic, was asked to review. Although the paper had the benefit of previous review, Moore's constructive and insightful comments were right on target and a collective decision was made for the authors to revise and resubmit. Moore agreed to review the revision and provided another round of thoughtful comments to strengthen the paper further. Both reviews were exceptional. She was direct with her comments, explicit with her concerns, and offered suggestions for revision in a way that was both honest and respectful. Her expertise and willingness to devote her time, attention, and care to the work helped to make a promising paper so much better. The role of the peer reviewer to the substance and quality of a manuscript cannot be overstated and the benefits to the authors, the reviewers, the editors, and the journal can be considerable. For her outstanding reviews and contribution to the Journal's mission of advancing public health, it is my pleasure to acknowledge Ann M. Moore as the 2010 AJPH Reviewer of the Year.
It is a great honor to have been named reviewer of the year by the AJPH. As a highly competitive journal in which to appear and a trusted voice in the field, it is critical that the Journal's pages be filled with the highest quality research that has the potential of improving public health. Contextual factors surrounding HIV, especially in South Africa, which is suffering from one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, is most deserving of attention. Being a qualitative demographer, I am always eager to review qualitative pieces for AJPH because such studies can make important contributions to our understanding of global health issues. That this article appeared in AJPH is a testament to the Journal's interest in publishing articles based on qualitative data as well as a commitment by the Journal to include researchers from developing countries as leading voices in the global public health discourse. By including all relevant voices in this discourse, we will improve our chances of successfully combating HIV as well as other global health challenges we are currently facing.