A Note on Paper Review

I get a fair number of requests to review papers for journals and conferences, as well as grant applications. This is part of my job, and I am generally happy to oblige. However, I expect that you will at least ask me whether I am able to complete the review within the specified time before assigning it to me. Most journals and conferences I have dealt with follow this minimal standard of politeness, and in such cases, I usually say yes if I feel competent to do the review.

However, emailed or snail-mailed review requests, especially from sources I have never worked with before, that impose a deadline without requesting initial confirmation (e.g. by return email or web form) of my willingness to review will be accepted or ignored at my discretion.

Jeremy Buhler (jbuhler AT wustl DOT edu)
Last Update: 12/8/2005