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Open Access Publishing: Journal Selection

This resource will guide you in the use of UTA Libraries' OA Publishing Fund.

Selecting Journals

Once you have selected potential OA journals for publication, Evaluating OA Publishers, use these tools to gather other supportive information for making your decisions.

Acceptance/Rejection Rate

The acceptance and rejection rates of journals can be used measure of journal quality.  Lower acceptance rate journals and higher refection rate journals are considered prestigious journals.

For journals not included in the resources below, the best way to locate information on acceptance rates is to visit the journal website (in the Author Guidelines section) or contact the journal editor directly. Some societies will also publish acceptance rates for their journals on the society home page (Retrieved from

  • APA Journal Statistics and Operations Data: Only covers American Psychological Association journals. PDFs provide information about manuscript rejection rates, circulation data, publication lag time, and other journal statistics.
  • Author's Guide to Social Work Journals: This is a book (published by the National Association of Social Workers in 2009). It is only available in hardcopy in UTA - Center Library 4FL at HV85 A93 2009
  • MLA International Bibliography Full-Text (EBSCOhost): Use the Directory of Periodicals link to search for a specific journal. Provides information on speed of publication, circulation rates, number of articles submitted and also number published per year. Amount of information varies for each journal.

Reading: “How to Interpret Journal Acceptance Rates” (doi: 10.34193/EI-A-6117), Editage Insights

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