The publishing delay in scholarly peer-reviewed journals

Bo-Christer Björk, David Solomon

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105 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Publishing in scholarly peer reviewed journals usually entails long delays from submission to publication. In part this is due to the length of the peer review process and in part because of the dominating tradition of publication in issues, earlier a necessity of paper-based publishing, which creates backlogs of manuscripts waiting in line. The delays slow the dissemination of scholarship and can provide a significant burden on the academic careers of authors.

Using a stratified random sample we studied average publishing delays in 2700 papers published in 135 journals sampled from the Scopus citation index. The shortest overall delays occur in science technology and medical (STM) fields and the longest in social science, arts/humanities and business/economics. Business/economics with a delay of 18 months took twice as long as chemistry with a 9 month average delay. Analysis of the variance indicated that by far the largest amount of variance in the time between submission and acceptance was among articles within a journal as compared with journals, disciplines or the size of the journal. For the time between acceptance and publication most of the variation in delay can be accounted for by differences between specific journals.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Informetrics
Volume7
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)914-923
Number of pages10
ISSN1751-1577
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • KOTA2013
  • Equis Base Room

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