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Started by foralurker, October 05, 2023, 11:42:57 AM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on October 05, 2023, 01:37:26 PMIf you don't want any gaps on your CV, you need to have several papers out at the same time.
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on October 05, 2023, 01:37:26 PMI have no idea about SOTL, although I confess that every time I see the acronym I think 'shit out of luck'!
Quote from: Hegemony on October 05, 2023, 04:15:28 PMA lot of people do give up on publication if they find a secure job that doesn't reward it. My view is that publications expand your options, and are therefore always helpful. But I like writing and publishing. If you dislike it, it may not be worth the trouble.
Quote from: jerseyjay on October 06, 2023, 04:27:15 AMIn a broader sense, this demonstrates that the peer review system is broken, in part because it involves a crucial step in the process being done by people who are overworked and are not getting paid. Yes, theoretically, peer review is something that is part of one's job as a full-time academic, but it is almost always done in one's spare time, at the expense of other work, and the number of full-time academics (at least in history) is at an all-time low.
Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on October 06, 2023, 07:56:44 AMFair enough if we are talking about adjuncts, but full timers are submitting to journals then they should also be reviewing.
Quote from: jerseyjay on October 06, 2023, 08:47:03 AMQuote from: Sun_Worshiper on October 06, 2023, 07:56:44 AMFair enough if we are talking about adjuncts, but full timers are submitting to journals then they should also be reviewing.I agree that full-timers should do peer review, especially if they are submitting to journals.That said, 10 years ago, my department had about ten people. Now it is down to three people. The English department is down from 30 something to about 15 people. The modern language department is down from about 5 full timers to 2. Those that are left have an increased service and, often, teaching load. In theory, peer-review should be considered part of a full-timer's job. However, it really is not considered that, so it has to be done on the side. Meanwhile, the competition for those jobs that are left are getting more intense, resulting in more journal submissions. (When I was a grad student, grad students rarely submitted articles. Now to get hired you need at least a few publications.)Thus the number of submissions has gone up while the amount of available peer reviewing (i.e., total number of reviewers times the amount of time each has to do review) has gone down. This is one reason it takes so long to get an article reviewed.
Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on October 06, 2023, 09:42:05 AMEditors have a role to play too, by desk rejecting more pieces that don't have a prayer of publication.