A recent set of results from a very large survey (4000 respondents) found that about 70% of referees are satisfied with the current peer-review system. Importantly, 90% perceive peer review as a means to participate in the academic community. Wow, I am surprised! So, get reviewing folks. Click here for the link to the news post, but ensure that you also grab the ‘preliminary findings’ by following the link and downloading the powerpoint file as it has more detail.
These finds are not in line with what I expected at all given my experience on editorial boards or my research on peer review. However, given the size of the resondent pool, it seems pretty robust. Maybe ecology and evolution is different?