Reviews for "Robotics and Autonomous Systems"

Journal title Average duration Review reports
(1st review rnd.)
(click to go to journal page) 1st rev. rnd Tot. handling Im. rejection Number Quality Overall rating Outcome
Robotics and Autonomous Systems 40.7
weeks
47.7
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
2
(moderate)
Accepted
Motivation: Reviews were ok (however just one of the two reviews was useful to really improve the paper), but the paper was handled in a terribly slow way.
Robotics and Autonomous Systems 17.1
weeks
19.9
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Motivation: Most of the reviewers' comments were useful and helped improving the quality of the accepted manuscript.
Robotics and Autonomous Systems 7.4
weeks
8.1
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Motivation: Reviews quality was OK but processing and publication times were really fast.
Robotics and Autonomous Systems 26.0
weeks
26.0
weeks
n/a 2 4
(very good)
3
(good)
Rejected
Motivation: Slow review process. Also, although the reviews were OK, they did not understand the contributions of the paper. It is hard to introduce a new point of view in an already saturated area.
Robotics and Autonomous Systems 13.0
weeks
15.0
weeks
n/a 1 3
(good)
5
(excellent)
Accepted
Motivation: In robotics, as any other multidisciplinary science, the review process is far from being straightforward. In most situations, either on journals or relevant conferences in the field, such as IROS or ICRA, reviews may not fill our expectations. Either because they may fail to grasp the mathematical complexity associated with the proposed methodologies, or because they completely ignore the hard and time-consuming work associated with real-world experiments.

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems journal, aka. RAS, is perhaps the most well-suited journal in the field of robotics at the moment. In general, the review process is considerably faster than the alternatives (between 3 to 5 months), and the quality of the revisions is undoubtedly above the average, with always 3 or more reviewers for each report. The current editors, in particularly Prof. R. Dillmann, usually handle the decision process quite fast (around 1 week between each phase) and minor revisions are assessed without going back to the reviewers in most situations. Note that this does not mean that the review process lakes quality. In fact, it is quite the opposite and the progressive evolution of RAS impact factor over the last few years says it all.

To sum it up, if I would have to advise any roboticist on a good journal, with a considerably fast and fair review process, RAS would be the way to go. It has a broad scope within robotics field and publishes a large number of papers per year (around 100).