That is, about 95% of them are hardworking, sensible, helpful, and even when they feel something is not ready for publication, they do their best to assist the author with constructive suggestions on how it could be revised.
And then there’s Reader B. About 5% of referees are Reader B.
Reader B is a dick. He is the academic equivalent of an internet troll, secure in his anonymity, getting whatever little pleasure his twisted, malice-scarred, putrescent psyche can experience by writing the most mean-spirited, insulting, soul-searing referee’s reports he can devise. Then he goes off, cackling, to torture his own students and colleagues, God help them.
I think it would be excellent to have a place where we can anonymously post the most horrible bits of the referee’s reports we’ve received, by way of sharing the misery.
So, my Thirsty:
What sentences from referee’s reports have seared an irreparable hole in your self-confidence? Which comments were so horrible that years later, you can still quote them word for word?
Probably true, but why publish an idea any competent undergraduate could generate in a term paper?
Thanks, Reader B, and I hope your wife runs off with the plumber.
Mildred from Medicine Hat