Thursday, June 14, 2012

Decline to Review

The three pillars of academic life are research, teaching and service. (We don't consider endless faculty meetings to be a "pillar"; they're more like a pillory.) One aspect of service is performing (uncompensated) reviews for journals. I've gotten my share of requests, and usually accept the assignment. In fact, I'm working on one now. Sometimes, though, I just have to turn one down, as the following redacted exchange demonstrates.

Reviewer response form:


Editor's reply:


There's more to the story, but the rest will cost you a beer at some conference.

4 comments:

  1. So, if you'd been FIRST author, would you have agreed to do the review??

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    1. Had I been lead author, I'd have slapped myself. But (as you know) I should have done the review in any case.

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  2. What journal is that they do this on paper?

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    1. The journal in question now does this electronically. The paper form is at least 10 years old. (I came across it while cleaning out files.)

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