I realize that focusing on journal publications during this period of upheaval and uncertainty is fairly trivial in the grand scheme of things, but at some point (hopefully not in the too distant future), daily life will return to normal, and our thoughts will once again turn to things like our scholarship and promotion and tenure requirements.
To that end, I am writing to let you know that TRSE remains open for business! For some of you, this shutdown period and working from home may be a time of unexpected scholarly productivity! (For those of you, like me, who are balancing work demands with homeschooling first graders, maybe not so much, but who knows, you could get lucky 😉). In any case, send those completed manuscripts our way! We remain committed to processing manuscripts in a timely manner and providing authors with the rich feedback that they have come to expect from TRSE.
In order to do that, though, we will still need the help of reviewers! I realize that reviewing manuscripts for journals is often a thankless endeavor even in normal times, but the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly the closing of K-12 schools, has put an added element of stress on many of your lives to the point that accepting an invitation to review a manuscript would be impossible. I will do my best to avoid sending reviewer requests to those of you who I know have small kids at home, but obviously, I am not aware of all of your situations, so do not feel compelled to accept a reviewer request if it would only add to an already hectic home/work balance. That said, if you are fortunate enough not to have these additional demands in your life, please consider helping pick up the slack and agreeing to review a manuscript during this time.
Finally, as you get bored during self-distancing/quarantines, take some time to pick up the latest issue of TRSE and check out forthcoming articles on the TRSE website. We have some really dynamic pieces coming out over the next few months! (and if your kids become unruly during "homeschool," you can have them read and report on the articles as punishment 😉)
Thanks, and I hope everyone remains safe and well in the weeks and months ahead.