Is the world too fast, or the publishing process too slow?
So much is going on, and so quickly, in so many different places: for me, for you, for people we know, for people we don’t know, for people whose lives we can’t even imagine, but about whom journalists, bloggers and tweeters are desperate to get us to worry. And of course, with so much going on, one wants to intervene. Here is my opinion, or insult, with a click of a button immortalised in cyberspace.
Meanwhile, it still takes me a couple of months to write a 9,000-word article for publication in a refereed journal. It still takes months for the journal to respond. The inevitable revision stage occupies another few months. And then, when the article is accepted, I may find out that it won’t be published for another two years. And that’s a 15-page article. Don’t even ask me how long it takes to get a book written, revised and published.
I am not saying that this is wrong. I help to edit a journal myself and review manuscripts, and that’s how it goes. Art is long, etc. I am only saying that it is frustrating.
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