I wondered, on Twitter: How many submissions does Organic Letters get in a year, anyway?
Sonja Krane, a JACS editor, set me straight:
@seearroh Journal submission statistics aren't publicly available. Sorry I can't be more helpful in this case!Rats, foiled again! But then, an interesting tidbit from Stu Cantrill over at Nature Chemistry
— Sonja Krane (@sonjakrane) June 6, 2013
(N.B. Stu used to work at OL):
@seearroh When I was there, accept rate was getting down to 50%. I suspect now 30-40%, so look at papers published in 2012 & go from there.Hmm, so all I have to do is count. In 2012, Organic Letters published 24 issues, which seem to have an average article count ~80 / per.* So that's 2,000 articles / year, give or take 100. Now, let's assume Stu's lower range (30% acceptance) - that's 7,000 submissions. Back of the envelope, I'd guess an average Supporting Info section to clock in at around 40 pages nowadays.
— Stuart Cantrill (@stuartcantrill) June 7, 2013
That's 280,000 pages of SI.
Pity the poor Data Analyst.
But...what a great way to FUND this potentially burgeoning "alternative" career! A nominal fee of, say, $0.10 / SI page - price of a photocopy from way back, kids - would immediately bring $30K into the journal's coffers. A $3 "data verification" fee per manuscript brings another $21K. Not big money, but we're now into the realm of serious subsidy for someone's salary.
Readers: Would you pay $7.00 to submit your OL manuscript?
* [(Dec 21 + July 6 + Jan 6 + Apr 20) - (corrections + editorials)] = 318 articles / 4 = 79.5