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Note that these MeSH terms are not restricted to cell biology, they cover all kinds of biochemistry and other aspects of biology. We start by getting our biological MeSH terms. Now it is time to answer our main question. Do cell biology papers drag down the impact factor of the journal? Median Mean 3rd Qu. So basically, the rumour is true but the effect is quite mild. The rumour is that the cell biology impact factor is much lower.
To get something closer to the actual JIF, we probably should remove non-citable items. These are Errata, Letters, Editorials and Retraction notices. Citation distributions with non-citable items removed Now we can redo the last part. If we were to repeat this on another journal with more front content and fewer papers, this distinction might make a bigger change.
Note also that my analysis uses Scopus data whereas Web of Science numbers are used for JIF calculations thanks to Anna Sharman for prompting me to add this. Conclusion So the rumour is true but the effect is not as big as people say.
No journal would forego this income in order to bump the JIF from It is definitely not true that these papers are under-performing. Their citation rates are similar to those in the best journals in the field. Note that citation rates do not necessarily reflect the usefulness of the paper.
For one thing they are largely an indicator of the volume of a research field. Anyhow, next time you hear this rumour for someone, you can set them straight. You can read them here. Lag times are the delays in the dissemination of scientific data introduced by the process of publishing the paper in a journal. Nowadays, your paper can be online in a few hours using a preprint server. However, this work is not peer reviewed.
Journals organise a formal peer review and provide some sort of certification of the work. They typeset the work and all of this adds delays the dissemination of work in a journal. To look at publication delays, you can use PubMed data, which is incomplete but can give insight into how long these delays can be.
Previous posts have involved the use of a ruby script to make a csv file from PubMed XML output and then use this in Igor to calculate the publication lag times. There is another method detailed in this excellent post by Daniel Himmelstein. I recently posted a figure for Nature Communications lag times on Twitter and was asked to generate others. I figured that I should write an R script and people can make their own!
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Notes Date information is not available in PubMed for every paper unfortunately. These are considered appeals, which are processed with lower priority than new submissions.
Editorial and publishing policies Before a manuscript is submitted, please review our journal policies , and ensure that the submission complies with our policy requirements. This should give a csv of the data and a png of the lag times.
Please ensure that nature error bars are defined throughout submission figures. Section headings are process used. Edit I neglected to point out that the code truncates the y-axis in the bottom right plot to days or the maximum lag time, whichever is smaller. Be sure to include the word "Supplementary" each time one is mentioned. A good cover letter is a crucial part of the manuscript submission package to Nature Methods.
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From September , authors can choose to include a link to a preprint of any paper of theirs that is being peer reviewed by the journal on a public list that is freely accessible without registration, provided the preprint has been deposited in a community-recognised preprint server. With a few edits, the script will also work for similar analysis of other journals. Preprint archives do not compromise novelty. Abstracts or unrefereed web preprints do not compromise novelty.
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