At our most recent staff retreat in a back garden somewhere slightly fancier than Slough, it was mentioned that all the hip journals are beginning to publish the dates when papers were submitted and when they were eventually published after the inevitable and ultimately gratifying editorial discussions, reviewer searches, emails to reviewers reminding them that they agreed to review the paper, 3 a.m. coffee spills, checking that the odd-
While we think of ourselves as leaders and not followers, due to the unique selection of topics appearing in these pages, we do now feel obliged to write something about the time lag between submission and publication and our own, first-
Each article we receive is first sniffed by our army of interns. Sure, this process has become more difficult since we began accepting electronic submissions, but there is nothing like the sight of young linguists detecting the faint aroma of panic, boredom and hope that hangs around many papers.
After a good sniffing, the best-
Lastly, reports on the aroma of each paper and the gut feeling brought on by its title are carried by Himalayan donkey to the editors, who sit in their offices surrounded by grape-
The entire process, from first snort to the final dart flung at a dart board by a trained monkey, takes about as long as we want it to. Some articles sail through and are published within a month or so. Others languish for years before we send out an oddly-