I would like to find journals response times? A google search does not give any good results. May be I am using wrong key words.

I am open to find particular subset of journal response times too. Any pointers about this is welcome. this answer gives a list of backlog for mathematical journals. Are there any such other list? How can I find them?

Thanks for comment. Actually I would like to learn "From submission until a decision". I know "Total time from submission to publication" can take a lot of time.

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    What do you mean by "response time"? Total time from submission to publication? From submission until a decision? (Incidentally, the variance in these times can be enormous even at a single journal, so the average is just a rough guide.) Jul 29 '12 at 14:19
  • @AnonymousMathematician thanks, I edited question Jul 29 '12 at 14:22

Some journals insert the submission date and acceptance date in a footnote on the first page of the article. For those, it would be easy to look through the latest issue and see what is typical.


I would send an email, or ideally go down the hall, and ask someone who has published in the journal how long it took.

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    This is better than nothing, but one data point can sometimes be very misleading. Jul 31 '12 at 11:38

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