The review process for papers submitted to the Journal of Mechanical Design is now averaging less than six months and the publication backlog is three of its six yearly issues. This means that an acceptable paper submitted in May 2004 may appear in the July 2005 issue. Remarkably, this improved and timely performance still places the Journal of Mechanical Design at a disadvantage when it is evaluated for impact.

The metric used to assess the impact of a journal is the number of citations to its papers in a two-year time window, for example the impact of JMD for 2005 will be determined from citations during the years 2003 and 2004. While we might expect authors publishing papers in other journals to reference JMD authors, it is perhaps no surprise that the primary sources of citations are the authors who submit their papers to JMD. This means that an acceptable...

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