This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.

The Act of Reviewing and Being a Reviewer

The act of reviewing and being a reviewer

It is a Friday noon, 2 weeks before the end of the fall semester. I go to check my mail and find several letters and a thick, wide envelope. I know from experience that it contains a manuscript to be reviewed. I know this because review manuscripts usually arrive near the end of the week and near the end of the semester. For some odd reason, I get my review requests during the second half of the week. They also arrive more frequently at certain points in the academic calendar—the beginning of the fall, when people finally complete their summer projects, or at the middle of the spring semester, when ...

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