the time i got booted from the asr reviewer pool

A tale of two journals: A couple of years ago, I got into a situation where I was asked to review a 2nd R&R for a couple of journals. One was the Journal of Theoretical Biology (not the current editor) and the other was the American Sociological Review (not current editors). In each case, I humorously told each editor that I didn’t approve of having many revision rounds. If the author can’t get it right after a revision, just let them go and they can always try again.  At JoTB, I got a brief thank you and then the paper was accepted as is.

The second case, I got a note from the ASR saying they no longer needed my opinion because they couldn’t accept feedback with “conditions.” I thought that was interesting and was happy I didn’t have to do another review. A few years later, I submitted a paper to the journal and noted in the computer system that I was recused from reviewing until 2018. That means someone, not me, removed me from the reviewer pool for about four years.

Now, I am obviously grateful to that person. I was getting about about 3 review requests per month from journals and having a major journal drop me opened up a lot of spare time. I took a cooking class and went went water skiing. On a deeper level, though, it was a little sad. All the time, editors say that people aren’t doing enough reviewing, but my work was no longer needed. I was gently complaining about triple and quadruple rounds of revision.

On a brighter note, the current ASR editors are doing a great job. They’ve gone back to a traditional model of a single revision. They’ve also started to desk reject tons of papers. Good for them. It may hurt when it happens to you, but it means that the papers that have a shot will have a smoother ride.


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Written by fabiorojas

September 6, 2018 at 4:20 am

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  1. They booted me too.



    September 7, 2018 at 1:54 pm

  2. First they came for the social movement scholars…



    September 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm

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