Biology Letters does trumpet its submission-to-acceptance time
October 6, 2012
I just looked on the BL website, and the only infromation I could find was “Articles submitted to Biology Letters benefit from its broad scope and readership, dedicated media promotion and we aim for a turnaround time of within 4 weeks to first decision.” This sounds like a much more reasonable claim to make and one that would be harder to fudge.
I just looked as well, and here’s what I saw:
So there it is, prominently displayed right on the front page:
Average receipt to acceptance time: 28 days
So it’s not just that false submission-to-acceptance dates are given on individual papers; but the false average is used as a promotional tool.