Academic Publishers' Time Travel

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Point of View article published in "Learned Publishing"

Publication dates seem to have become meaningless. We could buy books at Christmas 2011 with the publication date 2012. In November 2011 we already received journal issues of February 2012. Presenting us with false publication dates is not only annoying when it comes to determining intellectual priority or when we try to compile correct bibliographies, but for most academic journals, it also conveniently leads to an increase of the Journal Impact Factor. This has been exposed in a recently published open-access Point of View article in Learned Publishing, authored by Frank Krell.

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