Publication of peer-reviewed scientific articles within a month of their submission is the aim of a new electronic journal, Sleep Research Online (SRO). Starting January 1, it will be found at www.sro.org.
In the typical print journal, the lag from submission to publication averages about 9 months, according to SRO's editor, Michael Chase, PhD, a professor in the department of physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. Mail also delays dissemination. SRO will be free.
Authors may submit articles electronically to SRO and monitor the review process on a private Web page. A project of the World Federation of Sleep Research Societies, SRO will have more than 100 researchers in over 30 countries serving as reviewers. Once accepted, articles will go online immediately.
Each article will have its own discussion forum and preformatted e-mail forms to enable readers to communicate with authors. The journal also