Lots of people in chemistry complain about how slow the publication process is. I am by no means an exception. I personally hate the time between the acceptance letter and the first public appearance of the paper. It can take months! When you just want to go out and tell the world… (Not to mention patent applications.)

We glance at physics and mathematics et al.; these geeks seem to have cracked the nut with arXiv.org

Good for them.

There are sporadic outbursts among us that we should arrange something similar. But nobody does it. Probably because we don’t know where to start. All we have accomplished so far is the Elsevier hate campaign, thecostofknowledge.com – 12,500 upset scientists and counting, at the time of writing.

But you know what? We should stop whining. There are disciplines who suffer much worse than we do. Medicine. Let me just show you one example. This is my wife’s most recent paper.

Three years

J. Plast. Surg. Hand. Surg. 2012, 46, 132-136. (DOI: 10.3109/02844311003710961)

See what I mean?

So, my dear colleagues, shut the fuck up and do something about it instead. To paraphrase JFK:

Ask not what your publisher can do for you – ask what you can do for the publication process.


2 Responses to You think the publication process is slow, huh?

  1. carl says:

    SOoooo How about fleshing this out with a list of specifics on what chemists / biochemists / biologists need in something like Arxiv.org?

  2. art says:

    There’s always ARKIVOC. It’s free, peer-reviewed and – sadly – not very popular. I’ve seen quite a bit of good chemistry in there, though.

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