although we have been keeping a good eye on the pulse of the Journal throughout the year, it is always exciting when we start sizing up the various statistics that give accurate indications as to the health and performance of our Journal. This time, though, we are tackling the assessment-taking task with a great deal of eagerness, confident that the Journal has been moving steadily on an upward trend in every category from manuscript submissions to readership confidence.
A journal cannot make an impact without first receiving enough high-quality manuscripts to publish in the first place. We are very pleased to see that our journal submissions have risen by over 20% this year. Our total number of submitted manuscripts nudged the 900 mark, which far outperformed even the most impressive submission rates of past years. We are also encouraged to see that an ever-increasing variety of countries are producing the manuscripts that we publish. In 2003, North America represented a particularly high number of submissions, accounting for well over 70% of all manuscripts submitted. However, in 2004, we experienced a surge of international submissions. So while North America still accounts for just over half of all submissions, Asia and Europe have made large gains (Fig. 1). And though only 1% of the submissions in 2003 came from a country that was not American, European, or Asian, over 5% of our submissions are now being represented by South American, Middle Eastern, and African countries. We are pleased to be an international publishing organ and consider this trend to be one of the most encouraging.
Soliciting manuscripts is one piece of the puzzle; how efficiently those manuscripts run through their peer review is, however, no less important. With the help of online manuscript submissions and reviews, we have pared the average turnaround time to first decision down to just 28 days. Prompt work by the editors is one reason; however, we must also thank the many colleagues who have contributed their expertise and time to reviewing the manuscripts in a timely manner.
Our acceptance rate has risen from last year as well. Considering all manuscripts accepted this year, we are looking at around a 51% rate of acceptance. However, when that is adjusted to include only the Original Articles, the acceptance rate becomes ∼47%. Considering our Original Article acceptance rate at this time last year was hovering around only 38%, I credit the marked increase in our submission rate with also having raised the general rate of acceptance.
For several reasons, a correct estimate of the Impact Factor is difficult. At this point of time we can only say that we expect it to be around last year’s record high of 3.67.
All in all, we hope you share our pleasure with this progress and would like to thank all of our contributors and readers for their hard work and support.
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