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Publishing Community Engaged Scholarship (CES)

Journals: Acceptance Rates

Journal Prestige

Selecting the journal(s) to send your manuscript to is an important part of the academic publishing process. Here are the main criteria to consider:

Circulation Statistics

Circulation Numbers

Some good places to check for journal circulation numbers are:


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Finding Out Acceptance Rates

Journal Acceptance Rates

Journal acceptance rates yield important statistical information about the selectivity of a journal.

Some good places to check for journal acceptance rates are:

  • The journal itself to see if the acceptance rates are published.
  • The website of the journal to see if this information is posted online.
  • The journal publisher.
    • The Serials Directory lists the contact information for various serial publications.
  • Articles that may have been written on the quality of journals in a particular discipline.
    •  If you search through an article database that is key in your discipline, for example PsycINFO for psychology or CINAHL with Full Text for nursing, you may find articles written on the quality of journals and acceptance rates..
  • Writers Market (Ref. PN161 .W83) contains some useful data on acceptance rates for book publishers, small presses, and consumer and trade magazine publishers.


By Discipline

The resources listed below contain information on acceptance rates for scholarly journals in specific disciplines:

Business & Economics 

Computer Science and Business Information Systems

  • Cabell's Directory: Designed to help instructors, students, and researchers publish their manuscripts in academic journals.

Education and Library Science


Nursing and Health Administration