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Scientometrics

, Volume 69, Issue 2, pp 271–286 | Cite as

Publication lag in biomedical journals varies due to the periodical's publishing model

  • Peng Dong
  • Marie Loh
  • Adrian Mondry
Article

Summary

Research manuscripts face various time lags from initial submission to final publication in a scientific periodical. Three publishing models compete for the market. Professional publishing houses publish in print and/or online in a “reader-pays” model, or follow the open access model of “author-pays”, while a number of periodicals are bound to learned societies. The present study aims to compare the three business models of publishing, with regards to publication speed. 28 topically similar biomedical journals were compared. Open access journals have a publication lag comparable to journals published by traditional publishers. Manuscript submitted to and accepted in either of these two types of periodicals are available to the reader much faster than manuscripts published in journals with strong ties to specialized learned societies.

Keywords

Online Publication Open Access Journal Biomedical Journal Open Access Publishing Publishing Model 
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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peng Dong
    • 1
  • Marie Loh
    • 2
  • Adrian Mondry
    • 3
  1. 1.Bioinformatics Institute, Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
  2. 2.Bioinformatics Institute, Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
  3. 3.Bioinformatics Institute, Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research; Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore; Department of Medicine, Horton Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust

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