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As always, looking back over the year, it is my pleasant duty to thank many people for contributing to another very successful year. Firstly, to my associate editors, who have managed to handle the 2105 manuscripts submitted this year with efficiency and speed. Our median time to first decision is steady at 23 days for all papers. Given that we only publish around 12% of all submitted original manuscripts, we “reject without review” around a third that have little chance of success, feeling that authors would rather have a quick decision than a long wait. Regrettably, it is particularly these weaker papers that are hard to get reviewers for, which often results in a long delay that is frustrating for all concerned. Although we call this “reject without review”, this is somewhat misleading because each …
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