Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial (Academic Journal)peer-review

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In my last editorial, I explained that in order to cope with the large number of papers that were being submitted to Proc. R. Soc. A, every paper we received would be pre-assessed by a member of the Editorial Board, and referees for papers that passed this hurdle were asked to apply stringent quality standards. These procedures, initiated by my predecessor Trevor Stuart, have now proved successful in several ways. Referees no longer waste time reporting on papers that have no chance of being accepted—sometimes because they are poor, but more often because although they contain good science their content is deemed suitable for a more specialist journal. Publication has been greatly accelerated: the current receipt to acceptance time is 90 days. Moreover, the rejection rate has been brought down from an unrealistic height of more than 80 per cent to a more reasonable 72 per cent (getting the right rate is delicate: with 100 per cent, nobody would submit papers; with 0 per cent, we would be publishing trash)....
Translated title of the contributionEditorial
Original languageEnglish
Article number20090535
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2113
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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Publisher: The Royal Society

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