I was wondering if it would be possible to calculate some kind of a metric for the speed-of-publication for each journal. I'm not sure submitted and accepted dates are available for all papers, but I noticed in XML data there are fields like the following:
<PubMedPubDate PubStatus="received"> <Year>2011</Year> <Month>12</Month> <Day>13</Day> </PubMedPubDate> <PubMedPubDate PubStatus="accepted"> <Year>2012</Year> <Month>4</Month> <Day>2</Day> </PubMedPubDate> <PubMedPubDate PubStatus="aheadofprint"> <Year>2012</Year> <Month>4</Month> <Day>2</Day>
Is there any type of tool which calculates the average time from which a paper is submitted to the time it is published? Or is there a way that this kind of information could be abstracted from this database to give a aggregate estimate of turn-around time? Has someone already done this? And--not to get too off topic--but what other kinds of measures would be useful to evaluate the degree of burden in submitting a paper?
EDIT: Pierre really took this to the next level in answering this question. The table he produced is very interesting and informative and his complete results are posted at figshare. Check it out. Or try it out.