Elsevier
Speed Metrics  

Information on timeframe and definitions of speeds

Definitions:

First Decision: Average speed from submission until the first editorial decision (accept, reject, revise).

Review Speed: Average speed from submission until final editorial decision, this includes 'First Decision'.

First Online: Average speed from editorial acceptance to the final manuscript citable online with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Assigning Volume, Issue and page information will take longer.

Numbers:

The numbers used in the email are from January – December 2013.

Disclaimer: The times stated in the email have been analyzed with the utmost care. Nevertheless, no rights can be derived from it. All speeds mentioned are averages and individual times may vary.