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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

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.