Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2016     Views: 748

We are not aware of any organization or website that has published a centralized comparison of journal acceptance rates. This may be due to a number of factors. First, journal acceptance rates vary widely for many reasons beyond a simple "impact" or "prestige" factor. For instance, a specialty journal that addresses only one disease or condition will likely have a higher acceptance rate than a more general medical journal because the general journal will receive many more submissions to choose from. Select fields have tabulated acceptance rates; see our page of databases that track them.

In addition, many journals may not want to advertise their acceptance rate, either for fear it will discourage some authors from submitting if it's a very low rate, or because they're concerned people will dismiss the journal as unimportant if it's a high rate of acceptance. Finally, it's possible that some or many journals may not even officially keep track, or, if they do, may do so inconsistently. For instance, one journal might count all submissions, while another may only count submissions that are entered into the peer review process.

If a particular journal's acceptance rate is not available on the journal's website, emailing the journal editor or other staff is likely the best way to get that information.

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