Almost everybody knows the journal Acta Informatica. Some really important publications appeared there over the years.

Upon looking on the website of the journal I noticed the following:

Number of days from submission of a manuscript to first decision: 15

Does this mean that this is not a peer-review journal anymore? What is the current status of the journal? Do people submit (good) work there?

I find it very hard to believe that they provide feedback after 15 days.

I understand that this is a soft question, so feel free to comment for deletion if you think it does not comply with the guidelines.

Update: to somewhat confirm my initial and slight "suspicion", here are the average times from submission to "Final Acceptance" of a paper. According to this (American Mathematical Society) link, this average time for up to 2015, is 3.8 months for Acta Informatica, time that surely is very low for such a TCS journal and somewhat consistent with the 2016 statistics of 15 days from submission to first decision.

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    $\begingroup$ The Publishing Company has no influence on the contents of the editorial decision process. So whatever is written on these journal pages is irrelevant. $\endgroup$
    – Gamow
    May 12, 2017 at 15:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Gamow These are just statistics. On average, it takes 15 days after initial submission to get 1st decision. This definitely reflects, to some extent, the editorial decision process. $\endgroup$
    – PsySp
    May 12, 2017 at 15:21
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    $\begingroup$ Several journals have added a quick "is this interesting and relevant enough" check as a filter before going to a full review. So many rejections could be quick while acceptances still take the usual long time, with no reduction in scholarly integrity. And the "first decision" could merely be whether it passes that filter. I have no idea whether this is true of Acta Informatica but it's one possible explanation for the low number of days reported. $\endgroup$ May 12, 2017 at 15:43
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidEppstein thanks. I thought so, but then I checked Algorithmica: 182 days. Theory of Computing Systems: 180 days. And so on. So something is going on with Acta Informatica. Besides of that I am also interested in what people think, in general, about this journal nowadays. $\endgroup$
    – PsySp
    May 12, 2017 at 15:48
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know if this means anything, but since vol 52 they have been mostly publishing special issues. $\endgroup$ May 12, 2017 at 19:01


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