Anyhow, I reviewed before 2006, but hadn't develop the habit of marking down the details in a spreadsheet. A few things stick out:
- on average, I review twice as much as I used to.
- With the exception of 2018.
I do get fewer requests, I think, to do tenure letters since Carleton is generally not see as peer-ish as McGill was. Most provosts and deans want tenure letters to be written by scholars at peer institutions, and they tend to have a rather limited idea of what counts as peer. So, I am guessing I would be getting more tenure letter requests if I had stayed at McGill. The aforementioned change in research focus--from ethnic conflict to alliances and civ-mil relations--probably helps to explain why I get more requests. That there are more articles that editors and editorial assistants that fit into what they think of as my expertise.
There is something else going on--that there are more journals and more submissions to journals, so I may be getting more requests and doing more reviews as the need for reviewers intensifies. Also, I joined a number of editorial boards, where the primary responsibility for being a member is to not say no when the editor needs to get some reviewers. I have stepped off of a few as my shift has come to an end and, for one, as mentioned above, I can no longer be of much use.
Oh, and 2018? That was the year where I had a great deal of work to do with the second stage of the SSHRC Partnership Application, so I think I said no a bit more often.
For 2020? I expect to stay at my recent average of 18-20 or so--about 1.5 reviews a month. However, if journals and presses do not ask me to review for them, I will not seek them out. It is unpaid work, but a part of being a professional. That and I learn a fair amount as the latest work contains all kinds of interesting ideas, useful citations, and stuff I don't know.
Here's hoping that your new year is chock full of speedy, positive, and helpful reviews.