Time travelling research

On the face of it, most research would seem to appear in only a handful (relatively) of journals. However there are all manner of small, and perhaps even obscure places where papers can appear. A great many museums and universities and small societies have their own journals that publish regularly. You won’t find them online, or even indexed in many or the more obvious places like PubMed, but they are there and in big numbers. True not much ‘great’ research gets into these places, and some of them fall into the category of ‘grey’ literature but they can have some amazing features, like time travel. Sort of.

Even the best produced journals can run late with the odd issue and obviously this is more likely with small and locally produced journals. Obviously I’m building to a case in point and so it obviously is with a small report I’ve written in the ‘Geological Curator‘. I’m working on some pterosaur specimens that are held in Dublin and the curator of the collection is also the editor of the aforementioned journal and he asked me to write a note on the preparation of the material that I was happy to do.

I only submitted this in late January, but between a lightning review by Mark Witton and a bit of delay on the December issue (and having a few pages to fill) it’s come out with a 2010 publication date. PLoS One might think they are fast but I’d like to see them publish a paper *before* it was submitted!

7 Responses to “Time travelling research”


  1. 1 Dave C 09/02/2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Dave,

    I work in publishing and it’s pretty common to encounter this. Because issues go up online pretty much as soon as they are ready but the print version (from which the date, volume, issue etc are dictated) can take much longer to produce. This is why many journals now include a ‘published on [date]’ line near the abstract of the paper, so that any ambiguity regarding the time-scales is removed.

    • 2 David Hone 09/02/2011 at 12:31 pm

      But that’s a different thing surely? The paper might not go into the next *issue* so it’s sat around for a long time before it hit’s the actual shelves with a date, but that date is going to be later than the submission time, not before.

  2. 3 220mya 09/02/2011 at 4:34 pm

    What is the citation?


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