Powell K. Does it take too long to publish research? Nature 2016;530:148-151
Some researchers complain that publishing papers takes too long. But is the publication process actually becoming longer — and, if so, then why? To find out, Nature examined some recent analyses on time to publication and spoke to scientists and editors about their experiences. Journal editors counter that science itself has become more data-rich, that they work to uphold high editorial and peer-review standards. Some data suggest that wait times have increased within certain subsets of journals, such as popular open access ones and some of the most sought-after titles.