Like many people, I’ve had rather mixed experiences with referees. On one occasion, I had a paper rejected by a referee who explicitly admitted in their report that they weren’t qualified to evaluate it. More recently, though, my experiences have been very positive:
- The referee for my paper with Kiran was extremely careful, and provided us with many detailed comments which (hopefully) have lead to a huge increase in the correctness and readability of the paper. Time from submission to receipt of referee report: 8 months
- The referee for my paper with Bhargav found many small typos, as well as one or two minor inaccuracies. Time from submission to receipt of referee report: 5 1/2 months
- The referee for my paper with Tasho and Jared found many small typos and inaccuracies, together with one more significant conceptual blunder. Time from submission to receipt of referee report: 6 weeks (!)
New versions of these papers should all be available soon. In the mean time, if any of the referees mentioned above are reading this, please accept my gratitude for your hard work!