The need for speed: the peer-review process and what are we doing about it?

Health Policy and Planning
Volume 32, Issue 10, 1 December 2017
http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/current

Editorial
The need for speed: the peer-review process and what are we doing about it?
Diana Epstein; Virginia Wiseman; Natasha Salaria; Sandra Mounier-Jack
Health Policy and Planning, Volume 32, Issue 10, 1 December 2017, Pages 1345–1346, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czx129
Extract
The editorial office receives multiple author requests in regards to the status of their papers. In fact Mondays and Fridays seem to be the busiest time for working on those requests with an average of 20 requests on those particular days.
The intention of this Editorial is to summarize the key steps for processing papers once submitted, explain the different factors affecting turn-around times, and update authors and readers on initiatives Health Policy and Planning is undertaking to speed up the processing of papers.
Upon submission approximately 60% of papers are rejected after internal peer-review with an additional 15–20% being rejected after external peer-review…