I knew that AER compensated their editors, but I didn’t realize they also paid their reviewers.  From the American Economic Review webpage:

The AER pays $100.00 for timely reports. Payment is by check only. Checks are issued four times a year, approximately six weeks after the end of each calendar quarter.

Of course, I don’t know if they actually do anything about the “timely” part.  Maybe it’s calculated vagueness.  Last thing an editor would want to do is tell reviewers they get $100 if they get their reviews back in 30 days, and then deal with people agreeing to review and then declining on Day 31.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

2 thoughts on “turnaround”

  1. I think they and other journals have been trying it as an experiment. You get $X if you get the review in on-time and $0 if you don’t. W/rt crappy reviews, you still get paid but you risk looking like an idiot to the editor of AER.


  2. I just did a review for a SAGE journal, and the free access they give reviewers to all their journal content (30 days?) turned out to be a nice gift. Usually, I ignore it (and the coupon code they give you for a book purchase) because I can get access to all that stuff through my library proxy. However, going through my library website on my iPad is becoming a increasingly annoying hassle. Having the access code is much easier.

    I’d still prefer a hundred bucks, though.


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