Time Travel and Journal Publishing

Can journal publishers travel backwards in time? You may think the answer is no, but consider the following case.

Along with Ginestra Bianconi of Queen Mary University of London, I edited a special issue of European Journal of Applied Mathematics on “Network Analysis and Modelling.”

To introduce the special issue, Ginestra and I wrote an editorial. As you can see from this screenshot, our editorial involved a very speedy review process (perhaps including time travel). It helped, of course, that we did know that the editorial for our invited special issue was going to be accepted.

This editorial was accepted even before it was received. (“Received 13 July 2016; accepted 12 July 2016”) The journal was fast!

P.S. No actual time travel occurred in this adventure (as far as we know). :)