Re: Citation and Rejection Statistics for Eprints and Ejournals

From: Sally Morris <sec-gen_at_ALPSP.ORG>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 13:16:33 -0000

See message below from Robert Welham, Royal Society of Chemistry

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----- Original Message -----
From: "PUBDIR (shared)" <>
To: "Sally Morris (E-mail)" <>
Sent: 08 February 2001 15:13
Subject: Rejection Rates

> Sally, I refer to your email on these. For most journals rejection rates
> cluster around 50%. I believe that that is because the majority of
> want to send their work to the most prestigious journal possible. On the
> other hand they know that not everything they do is good enough for
> So they use a number of journals and, unconsciously perhaps, send a
> particular manuscript to the journal highest on their pecking order for
> which it has an evens chance of being accepted. Rejection rates thus tend
> to be around 50%. It's a sort of self-assessment exercise which the old
> hands can get quite good at.
> The theory probably does not work for journals which get a lot of
> contributions from "unprofessional" authors and I guess that is why it
> begins to break down at the medical end where rejection rates go higher.
> Robert
> Robert Welham, Director of Publishing
> Royal Society of Chemistry,
> Thomas Graham House, Science Park
> Cambridge, CB4 0WF, UK
> Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432323, Fax: +44 (0) 1223 423429
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