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Journal Rankings & Citation Searching

Finding Journal Acceptance Rates

Locating acceptance rates for individual journals or for specific disciplines can be difficult, yet is useful information for promotion and tenure applications because journals with lower article acceptance rates are frequently considered to be more prestigious.

The method of calculating acceptance rates varies among journals.  Some journals use all manuscripts received as a base for computing this rate.  Other journals allow the editor to choose which papers are sent to reviewers and calculate the acceptance rate on those that are reviewed that is less than the total manuscripts received. Also, many editors do not maintain accurate records on this data and provide only a rough estimate.  Furthermore, the number of people associated with a particular area of specialization influences the acceptance rate. If only a few people can write papers in an area, it tends to increase the journal's acceptance rate. You will find a few useful tips and resources on finding journal acceptance rates below. 

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