B – Why scientists decline to review papers

Breuning M, Backstrom J, Brannon J, et al. Reviewer fatigue? Why scholars decline to review their peer’s work. PS: Political Science & Politics 2015;48(4):595-600
(doi: 10.1017/S1049096515000827)          

The double-blind peer review process is central to publishing in academic journals, but it also relies heavily on the voluntarily efforts of anonymous reviewers. To evaluate the degree to which scholars suffer from the resulting “reviewer fatigue,” the authors empirically evaluated the reasons scholars offered when declining to review for the American Political Science Review. Just over one-quarter of them declined requests to review. For those who decline, reviewer fatigue is only one of several reasons: scholars are willing to review but they often face many demands on their time and substantial workloads overall.