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Why the Delay?

Graduate student Ryan O'Donnell and his colleagues looked into time delays between when a project is completed and when the paper is submitted, reports The Scientist. O'Donnell had seen a 2002 Nature paper that examined the lag time from submission to publication — which was found to be months longer for conservation and applied ecology journals than other biological fields — and he wondered about the submission delay. Like the first paper, he and his colleagues focused on conservation and applied ecology found conservation journals had an average 696-day submission delay whereas evolution journals had a 189-day lag. "[Authors would] give us a whole list of excuses. Oh, I was graduating, and then I got married. Or I had a baby," says Sarah Supp, one of O'Donnell's colleagues.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.