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FAQ for expert reviewers

MedlinePlus Genetics content is reviewed by experts from the worldwide scientific community to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date. These reviews help us provide high-quality information about genetics to patients, their families, and the general public.

We hope this page will help answer questions you may have about the expert review process.

What is MedlinePlus Genetics?

MedlinePlus Genetics is part of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's website for consumer health information. MedlinePlus Genetics provides information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes related to those conditions. It contains content from the National Library of Medicine's Genetics Home Reference website, which was integrated into MedlinePlus. Please see About MedlinePlus Genetics to learn more about this resource.

How soon is the review needed?

Our schedule is flexible, but we ask reviewers to return their feedback within two weeks whenever possible.

How much time will the review take?

Depending on the number of documents, reviews can take anywhere from a few minutes to about an hour. Many reviewers tell us, after looking over the materials, that it took less time than they anticipated.

If I don't have time to do a review, can I recommend a colleague?

Yes! We understand that our reviewers are very busy. We welcome feedback from your colleagues who have expertise in the topic.

What kind of feedback are you looking for?

We ask that you look over the documents for scientific and medical accuracy. All suggestions for improvement are welcome.

How should I indicate my suggested changes or comments?

Most reviewers find it easiest to use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word (or software compatible with Microsoft Word documents) to insert their suggested changes and make comments, and then return the revised documents via e-mail.

Is there acknowledgment of my review?

We gratefully acknowledge experts' contributions on the Expert Reviewers page. However, just let us know if you prefer not to be listed on this page.

Thank you for your contribution to MedlinePlus Genetics!