“Reviewer Declines Assignment”…

It’s a routine, albeit vaguely frustrating, part of being an editor: You get a new submission, you look it over to get a sense of the content, you search for referees, you send out requests, and then wait for the declines to start trickling in. It’s worse than sending out wedding invitations.

But twice in the last two days I’ve had decline responses which have been a positive delight to receive: The referee suggested alternative people I could contact! Sometimes they’re ones I’ve already contacted, but sometimes it’s a new person I hadn’t considered.

Referees, consider doing the same, if you can. Extra bonus points if you can provide an email or webpage for the people you suggest.

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