- The slump in academic productivity has meant fewer manuscripts to be reviewed by anyone. At the ISA meeting, it was widely shared that the various journals of the ISA were all receiving fewer manuscripts than in previous periods ... since Trump was inaugurated. Academics have been do distracted by the daily messes made by Trump that they have not been as productive. This is not just me, but a systematic pattern revealed by journal submissions. So, fewer submissions, fewer reviews.
- That even thinking about this reduced reviewing load is bad. Why? Because I have already alerted the Reviewing Gods with my thoughts about this recently. And, lo, I now have several requests hitting me at the same time. Oh, at the same time as I have been notified about a request or two to which I had not realized I had agreed.
- One of the key laws of reviewing is that the requests do come in bunches. This can sometimes be predicted: after the winter holidays after folks have had some time to finish projects, a month into summer after people get the last bits done, and at the end of the summer after people have had a chance to complete projects. But end of April? Unless these are all by Canadians (Canadian academic year is shorter), then the flood is a wee bit early this year.
So, yes, I have tempted the Reviewing Gods by writing this. Ooops.