The Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society passed a resolution regarding reviewing duties for the Transactions at its July 1, 2012, meeting.
"In view of its concerns about excessive reviewing delays in the IT Transactions, the BoG authorizes the EiC in his sole judgment to delay publication of papers by authors who are derelict in their reviewing duties."
Reviewers may be considered to be derelict if they habitually decline or fail to respond to review requests, or accept but then drop out; or if they habitually submit perfunctory and/or excessively delayed reviews.
In applying this rule, the EiC will take into account the authors' overall
record of service to the Transactions. This policy is effective immediately. The EiC will inform authors prior to imposing penalties.