Automatica, February, 1996, Volume 32, No. 2

Editorial

AUTOMATICA Review and Publication Times

AUTOMATICA appears to have a reputation for keeping authors at revising and further improving their paper. This is to some extent borne out by the diagram below, which shows that for accepted papers the review times until the final decision have a very flat distribution. The median is eleven months. The data concerns papers submitted during 1993.

The AUTOMATICA editors are much quicker at rejecting papers. After four months the fate of half of these papers is settled. To prevent papers from staying in the review process indefinitely, with micro improvements in each review-revision cycle, most AUTOMATICA editors reject papers that have not been at least been tentatively accepted after two full rounds of reviews. Alltogether about 57% of the papers submitted in 1993 were rejected.

Lately AUTOMATICA submissions have reached a more or less steady-state level resulting in about 1800 to 1900 printed pages per year. Since this flow is well within the page budget the publication backlog that AUTOMATICA had in 1993 and 1994 has disappeared. By "just in time" scheduling the publication time after receipt of the final manuscript is reduced to the five months needed to produce each issue.

Huibert Kwakernaak, Editor-in-Chief

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