The “peer reviewers get worse” item in this morning’s Links Dump drew an immediate comment elsewhere to the effect of “of course they do, because they start pawning reviews off on their students. This one was a surprise to me, so here’s a quick poll to see if my subfield of physics is really that much more collegial and ethical than the rest of science:
Refereeing takes place via classical communications channels, so you may only choose one option.
My experience is that while I have written referee reports that my boss didn’t want to write, it was done above-board– that is, my boss contacted the journal editor, said he was too busy to review the paper, and told him to use me as the replacement referee. I have a hard time imagining any of the people I worked for or with having a student write a referee report then handing it in as if they’d done it themselves.
If this really is common in other fields, then, well, one more item for the “Why you really want to be an AMO physicist rather than one of those assholes” file when advising students…