My PLoS-ONE Academic Editor Activity Summary

I recently received an email from PLoS-ONE summarizing my editorial activity for the first half of 2014. That’s a good thing: for one, I’m terrible at keeping track of all my service activities, and this helps in keeping them straight for my own annual activities report for my university. Second, I can see how I fare vs. other editors, and how well I do generally. Looking at the report below, seems like I’m less active in the number of submissions than average I processed in this period. I am pretty efficient in finding reviewers, and seems like I end up  accepting all papers! (although those were only 2 papers at this time).  Time on my desk is about average, although I am slower in the time taken from when the revision is returned to when I make a decision. That’s probably because, unlike when I accept a paper to edit I know I have some spare time, revisions tend to come, frustratingly, when I’m trying to beat a grant deadline, during busy course exam periods, or once during my (rare) vacation time.

Overall, this is a great service PLoS-ONE provides its editors. Good work, Damian Pattinson and the rest!


Editor: Iddo Friedberg, Academic Editor

Time Period: January 1 – June 30, 2014

Join Date: 3/13/2009

My Metrics Board Avg (mean) Quartile
Number of final decisions: 2 5.78 4
Monthly avg: 0.33 .98  –
Number of first decisions: 1 5.79 4
Number currently out for revision: 1 1.34  –
Total decisions: 4 11.26 3
My Metrics Board Avg (mean) Quartile
Acceptance rate: 100% 66%  –
Efficiency of reviewer selection: 71% 44% 1
My Metrics My Median Board Avg (mean) Board Avg (median) Quartile
Avg total editorial time: 100 100 97.69 80 3
Avg time on my desk: 39.50 39.50 23.4 16 4
Percent my time to total editorial time: 39.50%  – 25% 21.63% 4
Avg time to 1st decision: 29 29 32.93 28 2
Avg time from first revision returned to final decision: 32 32 34 21 3

Definitions and abbreviations:

Quartiles: Quartiles (Q1-Q4) were calculated using standard descriptive statistics on the data set for each metric. Here, Q1 = 75-100%; Q2 = 50-75%; Q3 = 25-50%; and Q4 = 0-25%.

Number of final decisions: Total number of Academic Editor final decisions (accept or reject) within the defined time period.
Average per month: “Number of final decisions” (above), divided by the number of months covered.
Minimum: 12 final decisions per year or 6 decisions over the course of six months. Standard: 2-3 final decisions per month.
Number of first decisions: Total number of Academic Editor first decisions within the defined time period, excluding first decisions to accept or reject.

Number currently out for revision: Number of submissions with Academic Editor revision decisions awaiting author resubmission at the time when the data is retrieved.
Total decisions rendered: Total number of Academic Editor final decisions of any kind (accept, reject, major revision, minor revision) within the defined time period.

Acceptance rate: The total number of accepts divided by the total number of final decisions. PLOS ONE’s historical average has been around 70%. Very high or low acceptance rates may indicate decision-making standards not in keeping with the PLOS ONE publication criteria.
Efficiency of reviewer selection: The total number of reviews completed divided by the number of invitations.Standard: 5 invitations issued; 2 completed reviews returned.

Total editorial time. Average (mean and median) total editorial time in calendar days that each manuscript spends in the editorial process from Academic Editor assignment to final decision.
Time on my desk: “Total editorial time” (above), excluding time with the authors, journal office and reviewers, when time with reviewers is defined as the period between the first reviewer accepting the invitation and the final review being returned.
Percent of my time to total editorial time: The time on the editor’s desk divided by the total editorial time, shown as a percentage.

Time to 1st decision: Average (mean and median) total editorial time in calendar days that each manuscript spends in the editorial process from Academic Editor assignment to first decision.
Avg time from 1st revision returned to final decision: Average (mean and median) time in calendar days from a manuscript’s being returned to the Academic Editor following an initial revision, to the final decision being reached, including any subsequent review and author revision periods that may occur.

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