observations from the best journal reviewers
Loyal orgtheorista Monica Prasad sent me the link to a ASA report written by her, David Brunsma, and Ezra Zuckerman. They interviewed 26 of the “best” manuscript reviewers identified by editors at a variety of journals. Common themes from those who write good and fast reviews:
- Reviewing is not a drag. You can learn a lot.
- Immediately focus on “big issues” – major questions, research design, etc.
- Don’t do “death by a thousand cuts.”
- Set out time in the schedule. It’s a normal part of academic life.
You can read the responses from all 26 respondents in the full length report.