A reviewer declines to review a paper because he wants to be paid. Some time later, this reviewer submits a paper to the journal (or to another journal who's aware of what happened – very possible with today's editorial management systems). How should the journal handle this?
- Pretend we didn't notice and review as normal.
- Write him an email to tell him we're aware of it, but are reviewing the paper anyway because we're a magnanimous journal.
- Charge him a submission fee which we then use to pay the reviewers for that paper only.
- Charge him a submission fee which we then use to pay the reviewers for that paper only, plus some extras which we use to pay the editor.
- Desk reject because "our reviewers are on strike because they're not paid so we can't find reviewers for your paper".
I'm concerned taking retributive action will come across as petty and / or lead to a lose–lose situation. However, not taking retributive action doesn't feel right either – if the reviewer is not willing to review unless paid, then it's hard to expect other people to review (or handle) his paper unless paid either.
If it matters, only the first part really happened: The reviewer used the "decline to review" button with a reason that went something like: “Sorry, I don't review unless I'm paid. Feel free to contact me again to discuss rates”. Still, this decline reason is logged in the EMS, so it can happen in the future.