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April 26, 2012

Elsevier Picks Up the Pace

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Posted by Derek

So perhaps I should rethink all those nasty things I've been saying about Elsevier journals. Here's someone who submitted a paper to Nuclear Instruments and Methods on a Friday evening, and got it accepted - with two referee reports, yet - on Monday morning. How is that possible, you say? That's what this author is wondering, too. . .

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1. anon for this one on April 26, 2012 1:13 PM writes...

Technically, it can be one work day as well, if the editor and both of the reviewers are based in Israel. Sunday is a workday. Editor receives looks at the paper Saturday evening if they are bored and sends if off to the reviewers, they review it on Sunday. Monday is a second workday for the editor to look at the review and send off the positive response with the time difference meaning the authors in the US can receive it Monday morning. So, it's two workdays that could have gone into the review and two weekend days.

Still, I agree it's unlikely.

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2. anon for this one on April 26, 2012 1:21 PM writes...

Sorry, I meant: "two workdays and 'not' two weekend days".

The editor is based in the USA, and I doubt both of the reviewers would be Israeli. Maybe from some of the Muslim countries with lots of experience in Nuclear Instruments and Methods that also have Sunday as a workday? Ummm.... Iran? I would hate to know that the relevant reviewers came from Saudi or Algeria. We have enough problems.

In that respect, I'm hoping for good, old-fashioned shenanigans.

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3. Sean on April 26, 2012 2:14 PM writes...

I hope they follow up and link to the article when it is published. Based on the of recent JACS paper incident it seems the internet maybe providing a critical contribution to the peer review process.

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4. VIrgil on April 26, 2012 3:56 PM writes...

You want editorial fun? Try this for size...

Paper sent in to a mid-low ranked journal, rejected in 2 days at the editorial level (no reviews) for being "not of significant enough impact to warrant publication". Wrote an appeal to the EiC (blah blah, of course it's significant you moron!) 2 days later get a computer generated email congratulating me on having the paper accepted by the journal, and giving details on how to upload all the reqired files for publication (hi-res images etc.) Sent in the files, got the paper in press and with page #s. About 3 months later got an email from the EiC saying they had looked at our appeal and would be sending it out for peer review after all. I politely pointed out it was already in print, and got no response. Weird!

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5. Giovanni Appendino on April 26, 2012 10:54 PM writes...

I edit a science Journal, and do most of my editorial duties over the weekend. I know of other Editors who do the same. I have occasionally received comments by reviewers over the weekend. So, technically it could have happened, especially for contributions like Short Notes and when the Editor is familiar with the topic of the article. Maybe the Editor himself or herself acted as a second reviewer.

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6. Reviewer 1 on April 27, 2012 6:11 AM writes...

With regard to the turnaround time, I think this is possible and I think it ideally should be the norm. Do anybody have the time to spend more than one day on reviewing a paper? I often do reviewing on Sunday, but I have a bad habit of postponing until just before the deadline. It would be better to do it immediately. That said, is seems like the reviewers took the job a bit easy in this case, with only one of them finding one single spelling error. (Anyway, the journal gets what it pays for...)

@1&2: Is it really your impression that all Christians and atheists in science take the weekend off?

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7. anon for this one on April 27, 2012 7:17 AM writes...

Reviewer 1, I lived among you, so I know that you culturally weak heathens disrespect the day of even your own lord!

Plus, my comments were meant to be more of a joke, written in sarcastic font...

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8. cookingwithsolvents on April 29, 2012 12:04 PM writes...

Who reviews papers during the week? The weekend is about the only time I get to them unless I'm traveling and have time on the plane. I agree it's probably odd and this particular instance may not be on the up-and-up but I can easily see a 3-day turnaround on a paper. The title indicates it's instruments and methods so presumably there is not an involved discussion of the tool/method (is the data better or not? do you believe that it is?).

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