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January 7, 2010

Time-saving proposal to improve the reviewing process

Proposal: As an academic reviewer, you should always vote to publish a paper, without reading it, even if it is a tedious waste of time.

The time-saving benefit of this strategy is subtle to grasp but significant. You see, only the reviewers of a paper "must" read it, while everyone else will discard it if it's boring. By voting to publish, you waste no one else's timeā€”but the time you save is your own. If every reviewer did this, the time saved would allow us all to do far more research!