ANOTHER set of reviews came back today for another manuscript. I guess I will be spending the next few weeks revising manuscripts. The manuscripts were submitted over a 7 month period, but they are all coming back for revisions now.
The review process for this particular manuscript was the best of this current batch because it was fast and because the editor did a good job of evaluating the various reviewer comments. The editor sought reviewers on either side of a debate that is addressed in the manuscript, and then sorted through the less-than-objective comments to get at the essential points. That's the way the process should work.
I've been writing papers for many years now, but I still find it thrilling to go through the process of creating them and seeing them through the various stages to publication. There are certainly aspects of the process that can be annoying and disheartening, but, overall, paper writing/submitting/revising/publishing is one of the more fun aspects of this job.
I like it best when I have a number of different manuscripts in the works at various stages, from incipient to in-revision. I also like it when there is variety in terms of authorship and authorship order (and when everyone is happy with the authorship order..). Perhaps it is the variety that makes paper-writing (and being a professor) overall so much fun.
7 months ago