Reviewer number three confirmed today that he was renewing his contract with satan for another five years.
“This has been a great year for me”, said Reviewer Three “I was a complete and utter ass***e this year and this made contract negotiations very easy”.
“In particular this year, I was more subtle, reflecting my years of experience. So, instead of sending in reviews that were forceful and honest, I chose instead to use passive-aggressive tones and sometimes just plain old sarcasm.”
“One of my favorite reviews was when I simply damned the paper with faint praise. This is very effective for high-impact journals that like to think they publish only the best”
“So, I just said things like ‘Oh dear, it’s not as good as their last paper, is it?'”
“Kills the paper every time”
“I’ve never seen Satan so happy to close our contract negotiations”
“Next year, I’m going to be even more of a bastard”