Refereeing & Revision Times
SIAM’s journals consider more than 5,000 submitted manuscripts every year - an enormous effort that relies on hundreds of volunteer editors and thousands of volunteer referees. As with other mathematics journals, this process often takes quite a while, and the average interval from submission of a SIAM manuscript to its final acceptance, averaged over all journals, is about 11 months. While this is an acceleration from the past, SIAM continues to work to improve this figure.
In particular, SIAM’s journal editors will, by default, normally ask a reviewer to produce a report, if possible, within two months. This target can always be overridden for particularly lengthy or difficult manuscripts, and referees can always request extensions. In order to make the best use of volunteer referee efforts, editors also have the mandate to reject (without review) papers that, in their opinion, are not suitable for publication in the journal due to subject matter or clear weaknesses in scientific content or presentation style. Authors are also being asked to return revisions more quickly, particularly in the case of minor changes, where a one-month return is requested.
It is increasingly difficult to find suitable referees for all the papers submitted, and we hope that authors will also do their part to serve as referees for papers when requested by SIAM editors. We welcome comments from authors and referees on the important question of how SIAM should most effectively process its manuscripts. Please send any thoughts to the SIAM Publications Director.