User accounts are created in our ScholarOne database for individuals when 1) they are a co-author of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) evidence report or 2) they have been suggested as a potential reviewer for an AHRQ evidence report, usually by a primary author of a report. As soon as an account is created, a notification is sent to the email address associated with that account.
Your account may contain or be associated with the following types of information.
You can view and modify your personal identifying information, your expertise keywords, and your sign-in information in our database at any time by logging into your account on the AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center Program ScholarOne site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ehc and clicking on your name in the top right corner. You are notified by email whenever someone modifies your account.
If you wish to remove your account from our database, log in at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ehc . Click on your name in the top right corner and then click on User ID & Password. At the bottom of that page, click on "No, remove my account." Once you confirm that you would like to remove your account, you will be automatically logged out with a message that your account has been removed. If you can't click on the account removal link or if you experience any other difficulties, contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Once your account is removed, authors and editors will no longer be able to add you as a co-author or invite you to review. It will not be possible to create a new account for you using the same email address. Any forms that you have completed previously (including Conflict of Interest forms, review forms, and authorship forms) will remain in our system with your name attached. Email correspondence that has been sent to you will remain in our system with your name and email address attached. If you complete a review and then remove your account within the same calendar year, we may not be able to email you the annual letter of appreciation for reviewers.
We use your data only for the purpose of coordinating peer review and maintaining scientific integrity for AHRQ research products. Uses include inviting you to review a report, asking you to update your expertise keywords so that we can better match you to reports, and sending you decision letters about reports you have authored. We do not use your data for marketing purposes.
If you author a report, your name, institution, and submission files will be shared with the report's assigned reviewers. Your first and last name and institution will be published on AHRQ's website alongside the accepted final report and disposition of comments.
If you agree to review a report and fill out a Conflict of Interest form, your name is shared with the report's authors, but your Conflict of Interest form is kept confidential by AHRQ and its contractors. If you review a report, your review (except for anything you enter into the Confidential Comments for the Editor box) is shared with the report's authors with your name attached. Under select circumstances, we may share your review with a journal to expedite the journal review of an associated manuscript. Your anonymized review will be included in the disposition of comments, which is publicly posted on the AHRQ website once the final report is published, and your name and affiliation will be published alongside the names and affiliations of the other reviewers in the final report. We will contact you by email when the final report is published. Your name, disconnected from the report(s) you reviewed, will be shared in the annual letter of appreciation for reviewers, which is emailed to you and posted publicly on the AHRQ website.
If, for any reason not already covered by this policy, we would like to share your review with an outside party before it has been published, we will contact you to request explicit permission. If you decline or do not respond to the request, we will not share your review in advance of its publication in the disposition of comments.
Whether or not you author or review a report, your information is available in our database to AHRQ staff and to the AHRQ contractor responsible for coordinating peer review. Your name, expertise, and email address may be shared with authors looking for experts to serve as advisors during the early stages of the research process. We may share aggregated, anonymized data with other parties, but only in such a way that your identity is protected.
We may disclose your information if we determine that we are required by statute to do so. To protect the privacy interests of our users, we will provide only such information as we deem necessary. To the extent possible, we will notify you if we release your information pursuant to a statutory requirement.
If you have any concerns about how we use your personal information in ScholarOne Manuscripts, please contact our editorial office at email@example.com.
(Updated November 13, 2018)