publication times

stumbled upon two interesting pieces on the nature website a few days after our paper was accepted by BMC Vet Res 446 days after submission.

snail’s pace

publishing delays

both pieces describe experiences and factors contributing to acceptance and publication delays, including an interesting survey results showing almost 40% of survey participants have waited up to 2 years for a paper to be published (7% have waited longer than 3 years). interestingly, among the suggestions to shorten this delay, is the use of preprint servers such as bioRxiv and PeerJ preprints. preprints is a hot topic, with the very recent asapbio meeting, and there’s even post-publication peer review with F1000Research.