My activity (complaint) as a reviewer
Main message: Since reviewing is a duty for all of us, I usually accept the job (unless there are conflicts such as friends' papers). Unfortunately, I cannot accept more than 24 journal paper review requests per year, so if you contact me for a review, most likely you will have to wait! If you have 5 minutes of freedom, you might wish to read my reasons below.
Since I am publishing (as an average) around 3 journal papers each year (see the next link)
and each of them requires 3 reviews, in the average, I am requiring around 9 reviews per year (let us say 10) so that I can include the papers I got rejected (fortunately recently are not that many). Then
Reviews required by my journal submissions per year = 10
Since I have, as an average, three co-authors the “fair reviewing load” should be 10/3. Since this is not an integer, let us say
Fair reviewing workload (for journals) for Blanchini = 4
Let us say that, being born in 1959, I am not old (at least I think so), but not very young as well. So let us increase that because it is always preferable to have a certain experience to do the job. Then let us say
Reasonable reviewing workload (for journals) per year = 10 journal submissions.
Unfortunately I accept more than twice as much. Precisely
My current reviewing workload = n > 20 review requests for journals each year,
without taking into account re-submissions, conference reviews (which require less time) and the activity as an associate editor for Automatica and senior editor for IEEE Control System Letters. The number 20 is a (very conservative) lower bound for the last 8 years. On the other hand, my case is not isolated. Then my question is
Who is not properly working as a reviewer?
People who think they are too important for this low-level job?
People who think that the others have to read their work, not the other way?
People who are too busy and think that the rest of the world is not?
People who discovered ``less reviews more publications” (with their own name)?
Dear Journal Editors, if you read this page, please do not think that this is not a matter of your concern.
Best wishes, Franco