Fast publication in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Elsevier aims to offer you the fastest possible speed of publication, without compromising on the quality of our peer-review process. This is a promise the editorial and publishing teams work hard to keep. Every year we aim to improve the publication speed. It’s just one of the many reasons you should submit your research to one of Elsevier’s Earth and Planetary Science journals.

Current review and production time averages for a selection of our Earth and Planetary Sciences journals are highlighted below:

Journal First decision
submission to
first decision in weeks
Review speed
submission to
final decision in weeks
First online
acceptance to
citable online in weeks
Aeolian Research 12.39 20.62 5.17
Anthropocene 9.32 20.38 1.65
Applied Geochemistry 6.92 12.23 1.74
Atmospheric Environment 6.90 11.11 0.87
Atmospheric Research 6.90 11.57 1.58
Chemical Geology 7.99 14.42 1.71
Computers and Geosciences 5.45 9.88 1.96
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 8.15 14.63 4.07
Earth-Science Reviews 13.92 22.48 1.82
Geobios 9.66 19.17 7.34
GeoResJ 4.25 7.03 4.36
Icarus 8.47 22.97 2.22
International Journal of Coal Geology 3.58 6.32 1.57
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 12.64 16.10 2.30
Journal of Aerosol Science 6.26 10.40 2.04
Journal of African Earth Sciences 14.03 22.54 2.39
Journal of Applied Geophysics 6.17 12.12 1.52
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 8.30 13.53 2.01
Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 13.92 26.61 1.53
Journal of Geochemical Exploration 12.17 19.69 1.41
Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 4.45 7.10 3.69
Journal of South American Earth Sciences 9.62 17.00 2.32
Journal of Structural Geology 12.88 21.43 2.36
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 10.14 17.90 1.91
LITHOS 8.42 15.83 1.82
Marine Geology 16.70 24.19 1.47
Ore Geology Reviews 9.92 22.58 1.55
Organic Geochemistry 4.98 11.02 1.95
Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 18.01 28.90 2.38
Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 12.40 21.20 1.93
Planetary and Space Science 9.19 20.93 2.28
Precambrian Research 13.69 22.84 1.86
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 12.59 19.30 4.94
Sedimentary Geology 4.32 6.56 1.58
Tectonophysics 10.82 19.89 1.45  

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.

The numbers used are from January – December 2014.

Disclaimer: The times stated 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.