Table 2

Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses, and Threats of Using Previous Peer-Review Reports With Next Submission, as Expressed by General Medical Journal Editors

ThemeStrengths and OpportunitiesWeaknesses and Threats
Scientific communityDecrease workload for reviewers
Enhance review process as a whole
Improve transparency of reviewing process
Create lazy reviewers and editors
Prohibit manuscript to receive an objective fresh start
Quality of papersImprove scientific quality of papers
Raise potential issues overlooked by new reviewers
Point editors a priori to strengths and limitations
Introduce bias
Create reluctance of authors to submit unfavorable reviews
Publication processHave a shorter time to decision
Decrease workload for reviewers
Avoid duplication of efforts
Have a longer time to decision
Submission management difficulties