17.3700, Sum: Journal Acceptance Rates: Responses

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Subject: 17.3700, Sum: Journal Acceptance Rates: Responses

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Date: 11-Dec-2006
From: Ash Asudeh < ash_asudeh at carleton.ca >
Subject: Journal Acceptance Rates: Responses 

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Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 12:57:54
From: Ash Asudeh < ash_asudeh at carleton.ca >
Subject: Journal Acceptance Rates: Responses 

Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 17.3534                                           

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 
'Applied Linguistics').

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.

Ash Asudeh 

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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