This is a repost, with minor language modifications, from 2 years back.
I have been initiated pretty early, by my PhD supervisor, to reviewing manuscript. So, I guess it is not surprising that I have reviewed over 100 manuscripts to date. I have often accepted to review manuscripts not directly related to my area of expertise (as a student, I had more time).
Some months ago, I reviewed such a manuscript… I worked hard and thought that I did a good job, until I received an email from the editor with the decision, including reviews from all referees…
Geez, Reviewer #2 looks like a junior!
Actually, Reviewer #2 was me ! That situation made me think: Should I continue to accept reviewing manuscripts outside my research interests*, now that I am in the beginning of my second year as an assistant professor, with a busier schedule compared to when I was a PhD student ?
What about you, dear readers? Are you accepting to review manuscripts that are not directly in your field of interest?
I am looking forward to reading your comments !
*Since the publication of that post, I started to review fewer manuscripts outside my area of expertise.