Re: jobs and the review process

wilkr (wilkr@INDIANA.EDU)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 10:18:53 -0600

On the delay in reviewing papers -

I am GUILTY! I have a paper on a chair in my office that arrived two
weeks ago, and it will be at least two or three months before I look at
it. Why? Well - for me this is a day's work. I am trying to meet about
ten other deadlines that link with other peoples' work - and I am about
to leave the country to do some work, and I have letters to write to
students in the field, grant proposals to review, lectures to write,
course proposals to get through the system, several internal proposals
for funding, an nsf research project to get off the ground, a textbook
that I am desperately trying to finish writing, and about 10 dozen books
that I desperately want to read, not to mention films to order for next
fall, a new course (which I do not get paid for) to plan, schedule & organize.

And I am ON LEAVE and not getting paid. So paper reviews from journals
are just another unpaid obligation that I am supposed to do out of a
general sense of good-will towards the profession. I do them. I do them
faster than most of my colleagues. I do a lot of them. But they get
dropped on you with no regard to your schedule. Please be understanding.

Rick Wilk