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Measuring Research Impact and Quality

Journal acceptance rates:  basics

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.  Journals with lower article acceptance rates are regarded as more prestigious.

More information

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 acceptance rates.

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