Wednesday, September 24, 2008


As a part of my research for putting together my tenure file, I've been tracking down acceptance rates for the journals in which I've been published. Turns out that the acceptance rate at Journal of Excellent Studies is seven percent.


So now, I no longer feel a crushing sense of inferiority about my writing when I contemplate how long it took for JES to agree to publish this piece. And I'll take any little bit of validation I can right now.


squadratomagico said...

How do you find out such information?

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Some journals apparently have this on their web pages, but in the case of JES and an earlier publication, I just e-mailed the managing editors, explained that I was compiling information for my tenure file, and politely wondered whether they had ready access to at least a ballpark figure that I could cite. I heard back from both of them within the hour, so it seems to me that most journals are fairly aware of this.

Susan said...

Having been on journal editorial boards, I can say it's easy information -- they log submissions, and they know what they accept. It's part of the annual report. And you are probably NOT the first tenure candidate to ask!

But I hope you puffed yourself up a little on this! (Even more than when first accepted.)

heu mihi said...


That is all.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Thanks, all.

Susan: there was a little momentary puffiness, I'll admit. But the really lasting emotion was relief. The article in question was drawn from one of my book chapters, and the difficulty I had in getting it published has made me doubt the saleability of the book. I'm still not 100% secure, but this certainly helps.