Odds of Acceptance

All 2008 manuscripts are in late stages of review, so we are able to estimate some statistics of interest to potential authors:
43% of manuscripts were accepted;
16% were rejected after review, or were withdrawn; and
41% were returned without review.

Time-to-first-decision for reviewed manuscripts (i.e. excluding those returned without review) was a median 84 days, with 92% decided within 120 days. I’ve adopted the practice of notifying authors when their reviews extend beyond 120 days — quality always trumps schedule.

These are pretty good production statistics, as good, I believe, as any volunteer system can do. The real heroes are our Associate Editors. Volunteers all, they assign and track reviewers, keeping manuscripts moving. If your paper now gets published faster, thank an Associate Editor!

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