The first half of 2014 is over already. Let me recap a few key statistics for you for the last six months.
The big number is 535. This is the number of new manuscript submissions to JGR-Space Physics (by AGU’s count). We are on pace for a record-setting year of submissions to the journal. Last year, there were 1014 new manuscripts received, and doubling the half-year count would put us at 1070, just a bit over this.
Some other interesting numbers from AGU: submissions by month. Here are the stats:
2014 (this year) 2013 (last year)
January 78 82
February 79 79
March 91 90
April 105 85
May 84 69
June 98 84
As you can see, the numbers are fairly close, with April and May accounting for the difference. I cannot explain this. I would have thought January would be a high-submission month, with people converting their AGU talks into papers. Looking across the numbers for the other AGU journals, this isn’t the case for any field. The other thing I thought would happen is that June would be a slow month, with the GEM, CEDAR, and SHINE Workshops all occurring around the same time within this window. The submission rate, however, is not significantly lower than other months, and is in fact the second highest for 2014.
I am very thankful that I have 4 other editors working with me on this task. I would like to thank them here, just in case you don’t them: Yuming Wang, from the University of Science and Technology China; Alan Rodger, most recently from the British Antarctic Survey; Larry Kepko, who is at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and Michael Balikhin, from Sheffield University. These four have been fantastic with their efforts to serve the community, and I greatly appreciate their time and effort in working with me for JGR-Space Physics. The other two I would like to thank here are the staff at AGU HQ that work most closely with this journal: Brian Sedora, the JGR-Space Physics journal program manager; and Mike Crowner, our journal assistant. They work very hard to keep our journal running smoothly, and I am very glad we have such an efficient and dedicated crew.