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”.
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. Examples include:
Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education's review policy
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). An example is: 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.
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.
Cabell International publishes a number of directories across disciplines providing acceptance rate information for journals. Newest volumes are available online through the University of North Texas Libraries' subscription (for UNT users only). Click on "your access" in top left, then select subject of interest, and click on "browse selected". Sort by journal name or metrics. Journal metrics include acceptance rate, impact factor, time to publication, and Cabell's Classification Index. Subjects included are: Accounting, Educational Technology & Library Science, Economics & Finance, Management, Marketing, Educational Curriculum & Methods, Educational Psychology & Administration, Psychology & Psychiatry. The Libraries may have print versions of items. Check the catalog or ask a service desk representative.
Meta-sources of information may be available for your discipline. Examples included:
- Serials Directory and Ulrichsweb.com, available through UNT’s Electronic Resources page, provide journal information including whether the journal is available at UNT and publisher contact information.
- ScienceWatch.com (SciBytes). Resource provided Thomson Reuters. Using metrics available from Journal Citation Reports, this column periodically provides "Highlighted Journals" in various disciplines.