Journal Acceptance Rates: Responses
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Regarding Query: http://linguistlist.org/issues/17/17-3534.html
A short while ago, I posted a query asking about sources for information
about journal acceptance rates.
I received the following suggestions:
1. The MLA Directory of Periodicals (often bundled with the MLA
International Bibliography) lists relevant information for most language and
linguistics journals. (They list number of articles submitted and number
published.) I followed this suggestion up and it works reasonably well. A
word of caution, though: the numbers listed on the MLA site for articles
submitted are quite rough. However, where I have precise information from
publishers the MLA results are reasonably close.
2. I also received a suggestion for Cabell's directory (education version), but
my institution doesn't hold that, so I couldn't follow it up.
3. In various cases, I contacted the editors or publishers. Responses were
varied. In only once case did I receive quite precise statistics.
4. Some journals (at least occasionally) release the information in an annual
editor's report (e.g. Language, IJAL).
5. ISI's Journal Citation Reports (many prominent language and linguistics
journals are unfortunately excluded, since there is only a category for
In general, I think it would be a good policy for journals to put this
information up front in their information for authors section.
Many thanks to the following people for suggestions and comments: Laura
Callahan, Mary Jane Curry, Timothy Face, Ewa Jaworska, Douglas Lightfoot,
Regina Morin, and Ingo Plag.
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