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Better performance metrics for the MJA

In reply: Thank you for your endorsement of the MJA’s “likeability”. We agree that the total time from submission to online or print publication is an important consideration for intending authors and a meaningful journal metric. Currently, our manuscript submission system, which collates publishing statistics, does not have the capability to inform our team of the mean time from submission to publication or from acceptance to publication. However, we are in the process of transitioning to a new manuscript submission system that may have the capability to produce more detailed publishing statistics. Once this issue is addressed, we would be willing to report such statistics in the MJA, so that readers may assess for themselves the Journal’s performance.

We also agree that the gold standard in this area is to publish research articles online as soon as they are accepted and edited, with later allocation to a print issue. The MJA is moving towards this model.

Rapidity in the “first pass” decision to review or reject is an important service to authors. In the period 2011–2012, the average time to reject was 33 days. In the past 12 months, we have…