Screw you, reviewing for random journal.

Dec 14 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

Ya know, I should have known better than to get involved with reviewing for a random open access journal that I'd never heard of before and that does not have a known reputation, but I thought I would try to do my duty and help promote this, since fundamentally I like open access and think it is a good idea. Also, I recognize my responsibility to participate in peer review and actually enjoy doing it most of the time.

But the one I just worked on apparently also does fairly open-access reviewer recruitment, as well.

If you're going to ask me to review a very, very bad and badly written manuscript for your journal--telling me it must be completed within a two week time frame, and treating the communication as officially as other journals do with requests to review--and if I spend an entire evening working on this pile of crap, sifting through it and analyzing what the hell is going on so I can make a relevant critique of what the problems are with it, then you better understand that it is going to piss me off when I get an email from you telling me that:

you've received many more peer review comments than anticipated...

and so you are closing peer review within a few days. Meaning, I have to assume, that you spammed a bunch of reviewers and accepted all of their "accepts" to review and wasted everybody's time. If I knew a cast of thousands of reviewers were also laboring over this piece of junk, do you think I would have used hours of my precious time on it too??? This article was not a blog post, for me to take my time at commenting on if I felt like it and had a minute. You asked me to review it as I would for any other peer-reviewed publication.

How disrespectful is that?

9 responses so far

  • Comrade PhysioProf says:

    That's some fucked up shit. That's why I refuse to review for garbage journals. I don't even answer their motherfucking e-mails.

  • Anonymous says:

    WOAH! It won't be long until that shit pisses alot of people off.jc

  • Anonymous says:

    Usually they have some sort of comment system on the website about articles. Leave all your critiques on there.

  • Ms.PhD says:

    haha! Funny you should say this now. I just reviewed a really badly written article for a shitty open-access journal. I wonder if it was the same one! But I never got an email like that, so maybe it's my fault they shut you out! LOL. I still waited a while after they gave it to me, and actually felt bad until I read the article. Then I was just pissed off that they sent it out. Pissed off at the corresponding author, who is a tenured faculty member who is fluent in English (and the author apparently was not!), and pissed off at the editor.

  • Arlenna says:

    The people were from another country, but it was actually their logic/content that was badly written rather than the English itself, lol. The grammar wasn't too bad, the flow of communication of ideas was just poor.It was so frustrating, I also felt bad for being a little close to their 2-week deadline, until I saw the email and then I was just really irritated. No more reviewing for them from me!

  • New Asst. Prof. says:

    I got 'scammed' by that journal, too, and received the same email. Never again!

  • Man says:

    I had a verbatim mail for one of the articles I was reviewing. In contrary, I felt I don't have to worry about this because I have plenty of other reviews to complete.While it appears rude to the reviewers, it may help the authors with a faster turn around time with the manuscript. Many times I felt why the heck it is taking so long to get reviews for my manuscript. This journal (not so high impact) tries to turn around a manuscript in 2 weeks (from submission to first review). It is good for the authors; only way they could meet this very short turn around time is to invite one or 2 additional reviewers than the minimum.-Tman

  • Arlenna says:

    I know, I want to help authors get their manuscripts reviewed quickly, that's why I worked hard at putting myself out to get the review done. Finding out that the editors did not trust me to do that, and figured they'd just play the "first come, first served" approach with reviewer time, really pisses me off. That is really not an effective strategy for getting ass-bustingly-busy faculty (who barely have time to eat lunch every day, much less sit down and pay close attention to someone else's work) to do reviews for your journal.

  • Man says:

    Agree with you. I have learned to say no to requests from less known journals. Despite that I recently accepted to review a manuscript from an online journal because I thought the article was interesting, but got burnt with the editorial manager saying that the review is closed because they have enough reviews already.At least I am not pressed on time right now, so I thought I got to read what my competitors are working on.

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