In the first half of June I got a bit crabby about a journal taking its sweet ass time to read my submission. I note that the promise was for a personal contact in late September. In this the first week of November, I have yet to hear a word.

I have sent an email to their editor, offering to be an outside reader for the journal. Here is the email:

Dear Editor, I write you today with a question and an offer. In a June email, I was promised a response to my journal submission by the end of September. It’s now November, and I have not heard from you. The question: Will I ever hear your decision?

I assume that the delay is due to ever-expanding load of busywork foisted on academic staff by management. Happily, perhaps, I do not face this problem, as I am a contract lecturer/tutor. What you call in the USA an adjunct. My offer: I would be happy to serve as a peer reviewer for your journal. I have a PhD from Vanderbilt University, and my areas of specialization are American/Hollywood cinema, post-war American literature, and urban/suburban studies (I also have sidelines in New Zealand film, cartography, and British genre fiction, but I doubt that would mean much for your journal). I have published in Canadian Review of American Studies, Senses of Cinema, NeoAmericanist, Illusions (forthcoming), AUMLA (forthcoming), and I am the co-editor (with Jeff Menne) of Film and the American Presidency, a collection Routledge will publish in 2014. I can promise that I will return submissions within 30 days.

I realize that putting an adjunct on the peer-review list isn’t the done thing, but I would argue that including adjuncts in your outside reader pool would generate a great deal of good will – and not just amongst the adjuncts, but also amongst our allies with tenure-track jobs.

With all best wishes, Christian B Long

I predict that I will receive the response to this email some time in June 2013.

UPDATE: They replied within a day, but to delay:

We are preparing for our annual conference, and unfortunately won’t be able to respond properly to your request until December.  Sorry for the inconvenience, and we’ll be in contact then.

Advertisements