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Annual Journal Metrics
46 days to first decision for all manuscripts
71 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
161 days from submission to acceptance
14 days from acceptance to publication
2.355 - 2-year Impact Factor
2.996 - 5-year Impact Factor
1.396 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
0.837 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
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2,686 Altmetric mentions
Transparency and Openess
TOP Factor Score - 8
The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:
Identity transparency: Single anonymized
Reviewer interacts with: Editor
Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication
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