Acceptance rates of scholarly peer-reviewed journals: A literature survey

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The acceptance rate of scholarly journals is an important selection criterion for authors choosing where to submit their manuscripts. Unfortunately, information about the acceptance (or rejection rates) of individual journals is seldom avai- lable. This article surveys available systematic information and studies of acceptance rates. The overall global average is around 35-40%. There are significant differences between fields of science, with biomedicine having higher acceptance rates compared to for instance the social sciences. Open access journals usually have higher acceptance rates than subs- cription journals, and this is particularly true for so-called OA mega-journals, which have peer review criteria focusing on sound science only.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere280407
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEl profesional de la información
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 30.07.2019
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • Acceptance rates
  • Rejection rates
  • Scholarly journals
  • Peer-review
  • Literature survey
  • Quality
  • Impact factor
  • Subscription journals
  • Open access
  • Predatory journals
  • Scholarly communication


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