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USGS publication process

Please fund the USGS Publications Group (PG) (a name that probably has changed again) for their editorial prowess. For some years PG has derived it's funding directly from editing USGS papers. This has been one of the worse management mistakes in my 27 years as a research geologist. It seems sometimes that they must scramble for funding with the result that informal data releases can take as long to publish as formal publications. I have about 100 publications and most of these are outside papers now because they are much faster to publish, even with the multiple editorial layers of outside journals.

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