During 2012 (January–December issues) BJCP published: 10 Editors′ views, 1 Editors′ report, 1 Editors′ pick, 1 Editorial commentary, 1 Viewpoint, 44 Reviews, 1 Systematic review, 121 Main papers, 10 Short reports, 1 Case report, 6 Commentaries, 8 Book reviews, 1 New Drug Mechanisms, 15 Letters to the Editors, 1 Obituary and 2 Proceedings/Abstracts. There were two themed issues ‘Agenda for Clinical Pharmacology’ and ‘Prescribing’.
A key change in 2012 was the decision to remove the category of Short reports which in the past have attracted relatively few citations (some previously accepted papers in this category were published). Important papers do not have to be long to be accepted, but authors should select another category for them. The Editorial Board continued its focus on high quality invited reviews and this is illustrated in the statistics of the following paragraph.
We received 646 submissions (15% higher compared with 2011), of which 398 (+11%) were original papers. Of the original articles, 17% have been accepted, with the remainder rejected, pending a decision or awaiting a revision. We have seen a more than 30% rise in submissions of reviews and meta-analyses, with 109 to date, as compared with 81 in 2011.
Overall submissions for the period 31 October 2011 to 1 November 2012 came from 52 countries (49 countries in 2011 and 54 in 2010): United Kingdom (157, 21.0% of total), USA (99, 13.3%), China (61, 8.2%), the Netherlands (51, 6.9%), France (38, 5.1%), Australia (35, 4.7%), Germany (32, 4.3%), India (29, 3.9%), Italy (26, 3.5%), Japan (25, 3.4%), Switzerland (20, 2.7%), Spain (18, 2.4%), Denmark (13, 1.7%), Sweden (13, 1.7%), Korea (12, 1.6%), Canada (10, 1.3%) and 36 other countries (<10 submissions each).
Papers were submitted and handled electronically via the ScholarOne website.
Median times were as follows:
- from submission to first decision 24 days as compared with 40 days in 2011
- from submission to final acceptance 80 days as compared with 115 days in 2011
- from receipt at Wiley-Blackwell to accepted Article publication 9 days as compared with 8 days in 2011
- from receipt at Wiley-Blackwell to print publication 153 days as compared with 135 days in 2011
These results show remarkably positive improvements, especially in the categories ‘from submission to first decision’, which has decreased by 16 days (20%) and ‘from submission to final acceptance’, which has decreased by 35 days. This reflects the outstanding commitment by Editors, Executive Editors and Referees in a time of rising submissions. However, the rise in number of submissions, coupled with the faster flow through to Acceptance has the unintended effect of creating a longer wait for print publication. Since very few of our subscribers pay for a print subscription, the BPS (the owner of BJCP as well as of our sister Journal BJP) has decided to discontinue print publication and from January 2013, both these journals are ‘on-line only’. This opens up a number of opportunities which we shall describe more fully in an upcoming editorial.
The impact factor is 2.96, a decline of 9%. BJCP is ranked 81st out of 261 journals in Pharmacology and Pharmacy, a slip of seven positions. It is unclear if this is noise or signals a trend but we believe that our continued focus on high quality original articles and reviews is, in either case, the appropriate response.