Last week, we asked how many journal submissions philosophers in various positions referee each year.
The polls closed over the weekend. 844 people participated. What were the results?
The most popular answer among the respondents who are tenured or tenure-track philosophy professors is that they referee 5 to 8 submissions per year (followed by 1 to 4 submissions, and then 9 to 12). The most popular response from non-tenure-track academic philosophers and those with non-academic positions was 1 to 4 submissions. Among graduate students, the most popular response was 0.
The poll may suffer from defects that hinder its representativeness of the discipline. For example, though the poll was anonymous, those who don’t referee much might have been discouraged from responding, skewing the numbers high. On the other hand, though perhaps less common, there may be some refereeing overachievers out there who were too busy reviewing manuscripts to respond to the poll.
Below are the details. Discussion welcome.
Tenured philosophy professors (n=387):
Untenured tenure-track philosophy professors (n=161):
Non-tenure track philosophy professors, lecturers, instructors, and adjuncts (n=182):
Philosophy graduate students (n=93):
Those with graduate training in philosophy who work outside of academia (n=21):