Rauber R.M.,Publications Commissioner |
Rauber R.M.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign |
Heideman K.F.,Publications Commissioner
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society | Year: 2014
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has, in a very short period of time, significantly increased speed and efficiency, reduced cost, and improved access to research results. These improvements include eliminating color figure charges for most authors, nearly halving the time it takes editors to render initial decisions on submissions, and more than halving the time from accepting to publishing a paper. A major change has been the consolidation and centralization of peer-review support. In the past, each chief editor or editor was supported by a salaried part-time editorial assistant, typically located at the editor's home institution. The streamlined staff now consists of a peer-review support manager and coordinator and eight peer-review support assistants (PRSAs) and associates. Another major change in the peer-review process was implemented in 2010 with the introduction of a new article category called expedited contributions (ECs). The twin goals of ECs were to reduce the time from submission to publication of shorter contributions and to encourage authors to develop shorter and more concise papers. A major change was the establishment of a team of specialists in the Publications Department responsible for checking the completeness of each submitted and revised manuscript.