B – Peer review delay and selectivity

Pautasso M, Schaefer H. Peer review delay and selectivity in ecology journals. Scientometrics 2009;84(2):307-15
(doi: 10.1007/s11192-009-0105-z)

Relationships among journal reputation, rejection rate, number of submissions received and time from submission to acceptance in 22 ecology/interdisciplinary journals are analyzed. Results show that higher impact factor is positively associated with the number of submissions and that rejection rates are remarkably high and tend to increase with increasing impact factor and with number of submissions. Plausible causes and consequences of these relationships for journals, authors and peer reviewers are discussed.