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Measuring Research Impact and Quality: Journal Acceptance Rates

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Journal Acceptance Rates

Definition: The number of manuscripts accepted for publication compared to the total number of manuscripts submitted in one year.  The exact method of calculation varies depending on the journal.

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Elsevier Journals

For All Disciplines

Check the publisher's website for the journal to see if the acceptance rates are listed.

  • Only a small number of journals list their acceptance rates online.

E-mail the journal's editor to request the acceptance rates.

  • The name of the editor should be listed on the journal website.
  • In the e-mail include the reason why you are requesting acceptance rates and the years needed.
  • Not all editors will provide this information.

Health Science/Medical Journals

The following link is to a page from the Health Sciences Library pertaining to journal acceptance rates in health science journals.

Humanities Journals

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