Re: should journals give more information to prospective authors?

I am an editorial assistant for two academic journals, and I've been doing it for seven years. I always acknowledge receipt of the MS - after asking the editor if it's something they'd like to review - and then give the authors a timeline of when to expect the peer reviews to be back, after which we will give them our editorial decision. This has worked well for us for the most part.

should journals give more information to prospective authors?

Friends:

Below is a link to an article on the Scholarly Kitchen blog by Jerry Jacobs entitled "Author Friendly Journal websites."  Jacobs contents that journal publishers could assit authors who are interested in submitting an article by giving them more information about how long their peer review process usually takes and the time from acceptance to publication.  The commentators on the article aren't so sure that this information will be transparent and meaningful. 

Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach open access agreement

Friends:

Below is a link to a press release concerning the open access agreement netogiated between the scientific publisher Elsevir (based in Holland) and a consortium of Dutch universities.  The agreement will enable Dutch researchers to publishin in Elsevier journals without paying a fee if they are on the faculty of Dutch universities.

https://www.elsevier.com/about/open-science/open-access/agreements/VSNU-NL

Margaret

Material Culture Review /Revue de la culture matérielle (MCR/RCM) Seeks New Editor and Host Institution

Material Culture Review /Revue de la culture matérielle (MCR/RCM), Canada's only scholarly journal dedicated to the study of material culture, is currently seeking a new Editor-in-Chief and host institution. 
 
The journal seeks a new Editor-in-Chief and host institution who will be committed to furthering the publication as a forum for the exchange of current research and methodologies in the field of material culture s
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