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Scholarly Credentials Toolkit for TCNJ Faculty: Journal Impact and Acceptance Rates

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Think. Check. Submit.

"Think. Check. Submit. is an awareness campaign to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher. The campaign was launched by a coalition of publishers and library organizations."

Journal Acceptance Rates

Looking for journal acceptance rates? Neither Ulrichsweb nor any of the other tools listed in the Journal Impact section of this guide publish acceptance rates (but see below). Contacting the editor directly is often the most efficient, indeed in some cases the only way to obtain a particular journal's acceptance (or rejection) rate.

  • The Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities, not currently licensed by Gitenstein Library but available at Princeton's Firestone Library, provides journal acceptance rates but generally only for publications in business, education, and the social sciences. Still, it is well worth searching to see if your journal is listed.
  • The MLA Directory of Periodicals, available to TCNJ affiliates as a component of the MLA International Bibliography database, publishes acceptance rates for some humanities journals. Click "Advanced search" from the MLA database homepage, and then on the resulting page "Directory of Periodicals." Search for the journal in question. If found, look for two relevant fields: "Articles submitted per year" and "Articles published per year."
  • Other places to look for acceptance rates include the "author information" section of the printed journal, the "about" section of a journal's website, and the homepage of the center, society, or organization that sponsors the journal.

Guide Author (Humanities Librarian)

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David C. Murray
TCNJ Library,
Room 216
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