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Editorial delay and its relation to subsequent citations: the journals Nature, Science and Cell


  • Si Shen

    (Nanjing University)

  • Ronald Rousseau

    () (KU. Leuven
    Antwerp University (UA), IBW)

  • Dongbo Wang

    (Nanjing Agricultural University)

  • Danhao Zhu

    (Nanjing University)

  • Huoyu Liu

    (Nanjing University)

  • Ruilun Liu

    (Nanjing Agricultural University)


This investigation tries to determine if, for highly visible journals, namely Nature, Science and Cell, articles with a short editorial delay time generally, receive more citations than those with a long editorial delay. Based on data for the period from 2005 to 2009, it is found that there is a clear, although statistically weak, tendency for an inverse relation between editorial delay time and number of received citations.

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  • Si Shen & Ronald Rousseau & Dongbo Wang & Danhao Zhu & Huoyu Liu & Ruilun Liu, 2015. "Editorial delay and its relation to subsequent citations: the journals Nature, Science and Cell," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 105(3), pages 1867-1873, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:105:y:2015:i:3:d:10.1007_s11192-015-1592-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1592-8

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