Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


To the Editor:

I wish to propose that publish the date of receipt of manuscripts. There seem to me to be several compelling reasons for the reintroduction of this practice which is widely used by most national and international scientific journals.

Although the date of receipt of a manuscript is not the one on which priority is established, it does provide some protection, particularly for young workers and those who operate through normal publication channels. I believe that the usual interval between receipt and publication in is about nine months; it might well exceed one year if delays in review or revision occur. On the other hand, those who have access to rapid publication channels not normally open to all or have funds to pay for priority publication are able to shorten this delay by as much as six months or more.


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