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See also, Cited Reference Searching


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Acceptance/Rejection Rates

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Acceptance/Rejection Rates

Locating acceptance/rejection rates for individual journals can be difficult.  If the resources listed on the "Acceptance/Rejection Rates" tab do not provide the information, try the following:

It may be possible to locate acceptance/rejection rates for journals within a particular discipline.

Try a Google search using this strategy: “acceptance rate" OR "rejection rate" AND your discipline

Example:  "acceptance rate" OR "rejection rate" AND chemistry

Note:  Use the quotation marks and capitalize OR and AND.

Posted: 2009-12-09

Calclulating Impact Factors

Impact factors can be calculated in various ways. The easiest way to do this is to take a database that includes citations (see Cited Reference Searching for a list of databases), divide the number of times a journal is cited (in a particular year or range of years) by the number of articles published in that journal for that time period, and the resulting quotient is the impact factor. It is somewhat more complex than this, but these are the basics.

Posted: 2009-09-30

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