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Measuring Impact: Journal Metrics

What are Journal Metrics?

Journal metrics, like Impact Factor, are used to find citation trends and patterns within journals and subject fields.  Journal metrics can be used to:

  • evaluate the impact of a journal within its field
  • select highly-cited journals for manuscript submission
  • assist in determining an author's impact

Understanding Journal Acceptance Rates

Identifying the acceptance rates of journals can be very helpful when deciding where to publish your research and throughout the promotion and tenure process.  Each journal publication has their own way of calculating the acceptance rate, whether it uses the total number of manuscripts received or total number of manuscripts reviewed by editors.  No matter what the method may be, journal publications with low acceptance rates are considered to be more prestigious.

Methods of locating a journal's acceptance rate:

  • Sometimes journals will include this data in the information for authors page of websites or print publications
  • Professional societies or associations may share the acceptance rates of journals within their discipline
  • Contact the editor of the journal for the specific acceptance rate

Determining a Journal's Impact