Turnaround Time

Voice Card  -  Volume 28  -  John Card Number 16  -  Mon, Jul 5, 1993 11:59 PM

At Paul's request I have compiled a chart of Archipelago turnaround times (shown at left). The upper bar chart shows turnaround time in days for issues 1 through 28. Below this chart is a six year calendar with black squares marking each launch date.

As you can see, during our first full year we were averaging around 45 days per issue, or about 8 issues per year. Last year we were approaching about 90 days per issue, or 4 issues per year.

In recent tapes, Paul and I have been discussing whether or not we should stabilize our rate at its current plateau by officially declaring Archipelago to be a quarterly journal with fixed publication dates. The schedule would be something like this:

SpringFeb 1Mar 15
SummerMay 1Jun 15
FallAug 1Sep 15
WinterNov 1Dec 15

Frankly, I have no idea whether this is a good idea or not. Archipelago has already become a quarterly journal. Should we try to push for 5 issues a year? If 4 is OK, should we agree on a fixed schedule? Would the due dates shown above fit in to your various schedules?

Let's vote on it. Please indicate your preference by replying to this card. And in any event, please return your cards ASAP so that I can put out issue 29 in time to celebrate the 5th aniversary of Archipelago. Long may she wave!