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BMJ audit: time to decisions and publication

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6995.1640 (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1640

We aim to make a decision on publication within eight weeks (56 days); to reject papers that are unsuitable for external peer review within two weeks (14 days); and to publish a paper within eight weeks of acceptance.

Between July 1994 and December 1994 we made a decision within 56 days for 83% of all papers submitted and for 64% of those we accepted. We accepted 73% within 66 days (10 days over target), and the mean time to accept a paper was 51 days. We met our target of rejecting papers without peer review within 14 days 46% of the time; 73% were rejected within 24 days (10 days over target), and the average time to reject such papers was 21 days. We published 40% of papers within 56 days of acceptance, 67% within 10 weeks, and 87% within 12 weeks. A comparison with previous audits is shown in the table.

Results of “BMJ” audits. Values are percentages unless stated otherwise

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