Why do PLoS Journals not have ASAP?

I am late to the game sometimes, and today my question is “how come some journals do not have ASAP”…’As soon as published’ or ‘as soon as possible’ depending on how you read the acronym. I mistakenly thought most publishers did this – apparently not..

What are the pros and cons?

Pros:As soon as a paper is accepted the author uncorrected or corrected posted version could be available for subscribers/ readers. This is potentially months before coming out in ‘print’ or online as a final version. This helps publishers because it gives them more time for citations, more time and more citations will impact that years impact factor.

Con’s: May include people using an uncorrected (read – not perfect paper) version that still has some typos/errors.

Does it make more work for the publisher?

Would be interesting to know what a journals average time to get a paper out to ASAP was relative to impact factor.

So skip to recent events. I am a co-author on a paper recently accepted at a PLoS journal (which I am a fan of by the way). It appears this is embargoed for whatever reason – not even sure what that means in the context because it was more of a commentary/ editorial type article than a research paper. Anyway, it also made me realize ‘hey why does PLoS not have ASAP?’

Have I missed something? I cannot see why every journal in this electronic day and age – especially an electronic journal that espouses openess, cannot have ASAP

I would like ideas to see the light of day faster and ASAP enables this to happen..I know it is possible for open access journals to do this as I was on a paper in another journal recently.

Would be great if someone could explain please.




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