How Often Are People Asked To Referee

Different editors have different conceptions of how many papers referees might reasonably be asked to do. Some argue that, as each paper needs about three referees, including the editor, an author might be expected to referee two papers for every one that they submit. Others think that editors should not try to overwork referees and, therefore, do not ask them to do more than, say, two papers per year. These editors, though, tend to forget that referees might referee for more than one journal. Refereeing is thus a bit like writing papers: some do a lot, some do very little.

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