I spent part of this afternoon going through a pile of old papers that I have reviewed for journals. (Most academic journals are peer-reviewed, so they send submitted papers to others in the area to be evaluated). I was struck by how many papers I've reviewed in the past several years (and I know that others review many more).
This leads me to a simple proposal. We should get frequent-reviewer points for every paper we review, and then we can use those points for various goodies in the field.
For example, if 1 paper = 1 point, then perhaps:
- 2 points earn a snazzy ASA (American Sociological Association) water bottle
- 5 points earn a guaranteed presentation at a conference
- 12 points earn an accepted paper at a second-tier journal
- 20 points earn an accepted paper at a first-tier journal
Other things we should be able to use these points for?