The year 2012 was good for Acta Physiologica. It is a pleasure to announce that the performance parameters of Acta Physiologica have all increased.
The total number of submissions has risen slightly by 5% to 354, while the countries that submit most manuscripts have changed dramatically over the last decade. As can be seen in Figure 1, the Scandinavian nations are no longer the major contributors to the Journal. Less than 20% of submissions are accounted for by the Scandinavian countries. This is due to a surge of manuscripts from other regions. The largest contributor of manuscripts is the rest of Europe (without the Scandinavian countries). Together with the Scandinavian countries, Europe contributes more than half of all manuscripts. Asia has become another major contributor to the Journal. In particular, Japan has submitted very many manuscripts and also China is increasing. The third greatest contributing regions are the Americas.
Most of the received manuscripts are regular papers (284), followed by editorials (32) and review articles (30). Interestingly, most scientists seem to write and submit their manuscripts during autumn. The highest number of submissions is received in October, closely followed by September and November.
How long was the time to first decision? We are proud that it takes only a little longer than 3 weeks. However, there is a large deviance between the values for regular manuscripts and review articles. For review articles, it takes roughly twice as long to reach a final decision in comparison with the regular manuscript. Unfortunately, there are always manuscripts that require longer review times. Often the longer time required reflects securing a third reviewer in case the two-first reviewers have very different opinions or the submitted manuscript is from a field that is narrow. In those cases, it is sometimes difficult to find expert reviewers at all. In fact, in one case, the reviewing time of a manuscript took several months.
The performance parameter that attracts most attention (perhaps with the exception of North America) is the Impact Factor, although this measure was never designed to reflect the quality of Journals. We are happy that our Impact Factor seems to have risen considerably during 2012. In 2011, the performance of Acta Physiologica already increased (Persson 2012), the Impact Factor went up to 3.09. Should our estimates for this year be correct, the Impact Factor for 2012 increased once more (by roughly 20%).
Which manuscripts are cited most? In general, reviews receive more citations than regular articles. This was also the case for Acta Physiologica in the past year. Two reviews received the most citations, one dealing with purinergic signalling and postnatal development and the other one focussing on fibre types in skeletal muscle (Burnstock et al. 2010, Schiaffino 2010). However, a regular article focusing on exercise and mTOR signalling received almost as many citations (Dreyer et al. 2010).
We wish to take this opportunity to thank our authors, reviewers and readers for making Acta Physiologica what it is today!