Publishing scientific results: a timeline

A couple months ago, I talked about the slow rate of publication. I find the sloth-speed process irritating not so much because I am impatient — though I am — but because I would like to release the results of studies to my participants while they still remember they were in the study.

For your entertainment and edification, I thought I would outline the chronology of my upcoming paper in PLoS One.
Winter 2006-2007 Began data collection.

June 2007 Data collection complete

September 11, 2007 Paper submitted to Experimental Psychology

October 11, 2007 Paper rejected by Experimental Psychology

…Several months spent thinking about how to improve the paper…

March 22, 2008 New paper submitted to PLoS One. Told to expect a reply within a few weeks.

June 3, 2008 PLoS One asks for some minor revisions

June 16, 2008 Revision sumbitted

June 20, 2008 Paper accepted

July 23, 2008 Paper will be published online

It is worth noting that both Experimental Psychology and PLoS One are extraordinarily fast. That’s part of why I submitted to those two journals. I submitted another paper in late January to a more traditional journal. I am still waiting for a reply.

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