Tuesday, December 16, 2003


I'm reading a good article from First Monday, whose slogan is "Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet" (with the double meaning that it is a journal that is published on the Internet and journal whose articles are about the Internet). Anywhere, the peer-review process in the social sciences generally takes somewhere between 3 months and over a year. Since most accepted papers are actually resubmissions, the time between when an article is received and when it is finally accepted can be much longer than this. Meanwhile, for this First Monday article, the dates listed at the end of the paper are:

"Paper received 21 March 2002; accepted 25 March 2002."

That is, this "peer-reviewed" journal on the Internet apparently turns papers around in four days. I wonder what kind of magical system they have instituted that allows them to accomplish this.

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