New Year Message from the Editor in Chief of Progress in Earth and Planetary Science

[Japanese text follows English. 日本語版は英語版の後に表示します。]

A happy new year to all

In 2016 PEPS received 60 manuscripts and published 37 papers. Since PEPS was only launched two and a half years ago we have not yet had time to finish our registrations with either of the main international research paper databases Scopus or Web of Science. In view of this I think we can regard the number of published papers as a modest sign of success. We have now completed our applications to both Scopus and Web of Science and these are currently being reviewed. I hope that I will be able to report sometime later this year that both applications have been accepted.

At the moment it takes on average 190 days from receiving a manuscript until it is published. The editorial team is focusing on “rapid review and publication” in order to reduce this time. The editorial office monitors the speed with which manuscripts proceed through the system and sends email notification to the relevant editors when there is any delayHowever the time to publication is largely dependent on the speed at which referees are able to review papers. I would therefore like to take this opportunity firstly to thank everyone who has or will review papers for PEPS for their hard work, and secondly to humbly ask that referees aim to complete their reviews as quickly as is reasonably possible.

We receive many manuscripts written by authors who are not native English speakers: for these manuscripts we have adopted a system of provisional acceptance. Under this system, manuscripts are sent out to referees and those by non native authors that are favorably reviewed are provisionally accepted and then sent to an English language proofreading company at the JpGU’s expense in order to correct any minor mistakes in expression or grammar. Although this all happens before the manuscript is formally accepted, in practice provisional and formal acceptance are nearly equivalent and we have so far published all of our provisionally accepted articles. The reaction to this process has generally been positive but we have had some complaints that manuscripts have been over edited, that the burden on authors is increased and that the system leads to delays in publication. There is some truth in these complaints. However it is our main goal that PEPS be regarded as a journal of the first rank: we are working hard to achieve this, and, I feel, have had much success in doing so. In order to maintain our status we have to consistently publish high quality papers where excellent scientific content is clearly presented and precisely explained. Unfortunately this requires, amongst other things, a certain level of English language competence. I apologize for the additional burden that this places on our non native authors, and hope that they will understand our position.

I have been aware for a while that Japanese institutions have been suffering from the rapid increase in online journal subscription fees. In the past few months there have been several international developments affecting this issue. At the end of last year negotiations between Elsevier and a group of German state funded universities and research institutions broke down with the result that from January 2017 researchers at these organizations will lose online access to many Elsevier journals. Similar problems have occurred in Taiwan and Peru (Nature News on 23 December 2016). Such problems serve to emphasize the important role that open access journals have to play in the field of academic publishing, and these developments further convince me that PEPS, as a high quality international open access journal covering all of the areas of Earth and planetary science, has an important role to play.

Recent years have seen the increasing popularity of letter journals, and indeed these offer a number of advantages: the compact presentation enables readers to quickly acquire an overview of material they are interested in whilst authors benefit from the relatively short time between submitting a paper and its publication. Despite these benefits, the importance of detailed exposition of new scientific ideas and results of course remains undiminished and this is why PEPS has chosen to focus on this area. We want our authors to explain their ideas in detail and we allow them up to 50,000 words per paper in order to do so (and, as I mentioned above, we are working to further reduce the time to publication of our papers).

The purpose of academic study is not only the creation of new knowledge. For it to be of any use such knowledge must be transmitted to the wider community, and we at PEPS are doing all we can to help with this. I would like to thank everyone for the assistance they have already given us and respectfully ask you all to continue to help, firstly by considering publishing new work in PEPS, and secondly by refereeing any articles we send you as quickly as is reasonably possible

Finally let me wish you all a happy, productive and prosperous 2017

Yasufumi Iryu
PEPS Editor in Chief

PEPS総編集長の井龍 康文です.2017年の年頭にあたり,皆様に御挨拶申し上げます.

2016年,PEPS37編の論文を出版しました.また,投稿を受け付けた原稿の数は60編でした.これは,PEPS創刊から28ヶ月ほどであること,Web of ScienceWOS)やSCOPUSという国際的な論文データベースに採録されていない現時点では,健闘している数値であると認識しています.なお,WOSおよびSCOPUSへの採録ですが,昨年,採録申請を行い,現在,審査を受けております.2017年に皆様に朗報をお届けできると期待しています.

現在,PEPSでは原稿受付から出版までに,平均で190日ほどを要しております.編集部では「Rapid review and publication」を心がけており,査読の遅れている原稿に対しては,編集事務局から編集委員の方々へ対応を求めるメールを送り,査読が迅速に進むようにしております.しかし,査読期間の長短は,査読者による査読の遅速にかかっています.査読者の御尽力に感謝するとともに,「Rapid review」達成のためにより迅速な査読を心がけていただくようお願いします.







井龍 康文

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