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Conservation biology is a crisis discipline, which must provide rapid scientific answers to help protect the world's threatened biodiversity.

In this letter to Nature, Peter Karieva and colleagues reveal the results of a survey that shows that there is a standard lag of 18 months between the submission and publication of research papers in biological journals.

They argue that the leading journals in conservation biology have a heightened responsibility for rapid dissemination of research results. Opportunities for conservation actions could be missed, and species may suffer, if current delays persist, they say.

Link to letter in Nature

Reference: Nature 420, 15 (2002)