Academic journal article Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration

Interim Results on Publication Lead Time

Academic journal article Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration

Interim Results on Publication Lead Time

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A relatively long lead time of approximately 2 to 3 years between submission and publication dates of an article has long been identified as the primary cause of authors' dissatisfaction with this journal. This problem has weakened the journal's national and international competitiveness. In my first editorial of March 1997, with the blessing of my editorial board, I committed to significantly reducing the lead time to approximately 1 1/2 years. The strategy was to eliminate the backlog of the accepted articles and to enhance the efficiency of the editorial process. The former objective was achieved by increasing the number of articles published in each issue, and the latter was addressed by cutting down the number of reviewers from three to two and making more concrete decisions on the publishability of the papers at the revise and resubmit, or more advanced reviewing stages.

Now, 1 1/2 years through my mandate as Editor-inChief, it seems opportune to report on how successful our efforts have been. The table below provides some results on the timing of key editorial decisions for articles published in the 1997 volume and the first two issues of the 1998 volume.

A comparison of the first two columns shows a significant reduction in the lead time of approximately five months (16%) from 1997 to 1998. It took an average of 135.35 weeks (approximately 2.6 years) for an article to get published in the 1997 volume. By contrast, it took 2.1 years to publish an article in the first two issues of the 1998 volume. As shown in the third column of the table, the reduction in lead time becomes even more significant if we remove a truly unrepresentative article from the 1998 sample. …

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