Peer review and publication delay

Keywords: Peer Review, Peer Review, Research, Open Access Publishing, Periodicals as Topic

Abstract

Selecting peer reviewers is a crucial stage of the editorial process that ensures the quality of scholarly publications. An alternative to selecting peer reviewers from data bases created with expressions of interest of volunteers consists in systematically searching PubMed for similar articles and inviting their authors to act as peer reviewers. Although this process might identify more appropriate peers, it also can increase the time of the editorial process. In 2018, Pharmacy Practice had to invite 4.70 (SE=0.33) potential reviewers per one accepting. The time from the first reviewer invitation to the last reviewer report received was 61 days (SE=2.1). These figures confirm the existence of a peer review crisis which is significantly increasing the publication delay.

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Published
2019-03-20
How to Cite
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Fernandez-Llimos F. Peer review and publication delay. Pharm Pract (Granada) [Internet]. 2019Mar.20 [cited 2019Dec.6];17(1):1502. Available from: https://pharmacypractice.org/journal/index.php/pp/article/view/1502
Section
Editorial

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