A Dean elsewhere writes:
With regard to journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences there is a significant body of data on the situation in economics which is mostly gloomy. I know of several universities where because of the long time between submission and acceptance economics departments are now urging faculty to stop the tenure clock through a leave (paid or unpaid). One faculty member reported that economics is the worst offender with respect to turn-around time, often between 1.5 and 2 years. Anecdotally I have been told that a similar situation exists in Philosophy (we have one member of the dept who has taken a year leave to get the tenure clock stopped). Do you know of any data on the turn-around time between submission and acceptance for Philosophy journals (when I looked at articles in Mind and Nous I was unable to find such dates) and if this is having an impact on the tenure process.
I know we've discussed these issues previously, but I can't recall whether there is a centralized source of information about these issues. And are there cases of the tenure process being affected by the slow turnaround?