June 12, 2005

Acceptance statistics

In the six and a half months since I've been editor of Education Policy Analysis Archives, I've received 90 manuscripts (excluding a few withdrawals from authors who decided to resubmit a MS in Spanish to the journal). Here is the disposition:

  • 7 accepted
  • 9 revise-and-resubmit requests
  • 14 rejected after reviews
  • 37 manuscripts rejected before reviews (generally manuscripts that are aimed at the general public rather than an academic journal, manuscripts that fall outside the scope of the journal, and manuscripts that are really early drafts)
  • 18 manuscripts in review
  • 4 manuscripts received but not in review yet
  • 1 manuscript that I returned to the author for resubmission after one technical detail is changed

Technically, if one excludes revision requests, that's a 12-percent acceptance rate. But that is misleading. Because Education Policy Analysis Archives is online, it receives a greater proportion of manuscripts that get a quick no. If I excluded the submissions that are clearly intended for a general audience, the acceptance rate would be higher. In addition, I wonder if people submit what really are drafts to me because it's easy to e-mail a submission. I've been a little tougher in the last few months with these because I've been processing a long manuscript queue, but it's a judgment call. How much does someone need a review for a paper because they're a new scholar and need some outside perspective? But is it a wise use of reviewer resources to send someone a manuscript that is not well prepared?

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Posted in EPAA on June 12, 2005 9:39 AM |