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.
Why the Delay?
Feb 02, 2010