from headquarters The publications staff at AMS Headquarters has ward the 150-day goal is a result of investments made had a goal of publishing issues of all AMS journals well over a year ago to increase staffing levels in the with an average production time of 150 days or less publications department and to improved workflow (see the "From Headquarters" column in the Febru- processes. There is a commitment on the part of the ary issue of the Bulletin, 322-323). The production AMS to maintain adequate staffing levels to ensure the production goals can be met consistently into the time for an article is measured as the period from when future. In addition, new technologies are being ex- an accepted manuscript is received at AMS Headquar- plored that are expected to improve production times ters from the journal editor to the date when the issue in which it appears is mailed. The production time for still further. an issue is defined as the median production time for A final note about the AMS role in rapid dissemi- the articles in that issue, indicating that half of the nation of research results is in order. When an accepted articles had production times shorter then this. manuscript is received from the editor's office, the In January 2001, the average production time for title, authors, and corresponding author's affiliation the aggregate of issues mailed in that month for all are posted on the AMS Web site as part of the "Web AMS journals was 260 days. The production times for PTA." The author has the option of posting the full all journals have improved over the course of this year. text of the manuscript as a link off the Web PTA and thus make the manuscript—which has at that point For the October 2001 issues (the latest issues mailed successfully passed peer review—available to the when this issue of the Bulletin went to press), the av- community even while it is undergoing the editorial erage production time for the aggregate of the AMS and composition process preparing it for final publi- journals was just under 170 days, and several issues cation in print and online. Many authors are now post- mailed in October had production times under 150 ing their manuscripts, making their research results days. It should be noted that the online versions of the journals are posted up to two weeks before the print available to others within days of acceptance. We hope issues are mailed, so some of the October issues were more authors will take advantage of this option and posted with a production time to the online version that more researchers will view the Web PTA as a as low as about 130 days. source of the latest research results. • The steady improvement of production times to- . L-/ y \ Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2749
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Published: Dec 1, 2001
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