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Introduction

Locating acceptance rates for individual journals or for specific disciplines can be difficult, yet is necessary information for promotion and tenure activities. Journals with lower article acceptance rates are frequently considered to be more prestigious and more “meritorious”. 

The Libraries have a number of resources in the collection that may be useful to you. They are arranged alphabetically by broad subject in the Information by Subject section below. Many disciplines do not publish collated acceptance rates. Please see below for tips on finding acceptance rates for journals in these disciplines.

Some journals will include the acceptance rate in the “information for authors” area of the print journal or on the home pages for the journal. 

Some societies will also publish acceptance rates for their journals on their home pages. A Google search www.google.com using the name of the journal or the name of the society will usually take you to the home page.

Occasionally, societies or other parties will publish acceptance rates for journals within a particular discipline. Again, a Google search may help find these. Useful keywords are “acceptance rates and biology” (replace biology with the name of the discipline you are interested in).

You can try contacting the editor of the journal to see if s/he will share the acceptance rate. 

Journal Citation Reports provides “impact factors” for “core” journals in a number of disciplines. There is a tutorial available. 

Accounting/Business/Economics/Finance

  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Accounting, 2004-current. Online
  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics & Finance, 2004-current. Online
  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management, 2004-current. Online
  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Marketing, 2004-current. Online
  • Business – Finance SCI-Bites ranks the Top 10 Finance Journals by impact. 2004.

Education

  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Curriculum and Methods. 2004-current. Online
  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Psychology and Administration. 2004-current. Online

Instructional Technology

  • Journals in the field of Instructional Technology hosted by Penn State/Galbraith/Bentley. No date. Includes some acceptance rates as well as publishing and contact information.
  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Technology and Library Science. 2004-current. Online

Library Science

  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational technology and Library Science. 2004-current. Online

Multi-disciplinary

  • In-Cites by Thompson ISI. Links to some acceptance rates by discipline, also includes “high impact” universities by discipline, and “hot papers”.

Political Science

Psychology and Behavior Science/Psychiatry

Sociology and Social Work

  • A Compendium of Journals  (published by the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Institute at Iowa State University) and  hosted by the Iowa State University  Family and Consumer Sciences Research:. Has sections for: Economics/finance, sociology, psychology, child development. (2005).

Society Sites

Meta-Sources

Bibliography