Below I share the review process for each of my peer-reviewed articles, along with the time frame from first submission to acceptance for publication. I am putting this account on here after numerous discussions with graduate students and in academic groups. In writing it, I was inspired by Nate Jensen’s blog and several scholars' similar posts on Twitter.
The peer review process that is essential in academia is rather difficult to master. Journal editors have a lot of discretion (and justly so), and making an article ‘hit’ might take years, or it might get placed quickly. As many would tell you (and many others might disagree), “if you are not getting rejected, you are not trying hard enough”. Further, these are two very useful accounts on the role of the peer review process by Tom Pepinski and Jeffrey Isaac.
Graduate students reading my account below should notice (1) how many projects are juggled at the same time; and (2) the rather quick turnaround, esp. from R&R to revised submission.
13. EJPR - Feb 16: desk reject; BJPS - Feb 2016 - reject (May 2016); CPS - May 2016: desk reject; EPSR - June 2016: reject (Nov 2016); Political Communication - Jan 2018: R&R in May (3 R&R in June, July, August): acceptance in Sept 2018.
12. BJPS – July 2017: desk reject; WEP – July 2017: desk reject; EUP – Sept 2017: major R&R which we returned in a month; followed by an invitation to write a different paper with the same data; wrote the new paper in December 2017, and it was accepted to publication in Jan 2018; original paper still making R&R rounds in another journal)
11. APSR – Sept 2014: rejected March 2015; AJPS – Sept 2015; four (or five) rounds of R&R; accepted Feb 2017
10. PPQ – Jan 2015: R&R July 2015; accepted Sept 2015
9. PPQ – Dec 2011: rejected April 2012; EJPR – Jan 2015: desk reject; P&P – Feb 2015: R&R July 2015; accepted Nov 2015
8. ES – Jan 2015: desk reject; G&O – Jan 2015: rejected March 2015; P&P – May 2015: R&R received August 2015; Sept 2015.
7. JEI – Sept 2013: desk reject; EUP – April 2014: desk reject; JEPP – April 2014: desk reject; EPSR – March 2014: desk reject; JCMS – April 2014: R&R Sept 2014; accepted Nov 2014
6. (in response to CfP) EEPS – Sept 2014; accepted Feb 2015
5. (in response to CfP) CIFE – March 2014: accepted July 2014
4. PRQ – Dec 2010: desk reject; CPS - Dec 2010: desk reject; EEP – Oct 2011: R&R Feb 2012; accepted Nov 2012
3. JMCQ – Sept 2011: R&R Jan 2012; accepted April 2012;
2. EJC – Oct 2010: R&R July 2011; accepted Oct 2011
1. CEJC – July 2011: accepted Jan 2012
Between keeping up with your own research agenda, how do you find time to keep up with what others are publishing? I share these strategies with graduate students and colleagues, and it is good to have them listed in one place. Obviously, these strategies do not substitute for a comprehensive bibliography, but they do serve as a nice and easy supplement.
- Set up a Google Scholar alerts for specific topics or individual researchers.
- Join ResearchGate and follow researchers and projects
- Set up alerts from the journals that publish on your topic, and also from the main ones in the discipline.
- Follow journals and researchers on Twitter
- Once a week (or as time allows), go through the alerts/notifications, and download the articles that seem relevant to your current research, and also those that are of potential interest; I also download those articles relevant to classes I teach for when I update the syllabi.
- I use Zotero for keeping track of references, and initially put all downloaded articles in a 'to file' folder, unless the folder already exists. Eventually, I go through these files to assign them to relevant folders.