What are my chances of being Accepted at PeerJ?

TickWe are often asked what the chances are of an article being Accepted at PeerJ.

At PeerJ we peer-review submissions for ‘scientific soundness’ (meaning that we do not reject articles based on subjective evaluations of lack of ‘impact’ or ‘novelty’). In addition to sound science, accepted articles also have to meet many stringent criteria – for example we hold papers to specific reporting standards; we enforce high ethical standards; we require data deposition; articles must meaningfully contribute to the scientific debate in their field and so on.

For a journal like PeerJ, quoting a journal-wide Acceptance rate is always going to be a moving target – for example, the acceptance rate will change based on the time period over which we are reporting and it will be dependent on which specific individuals, articles, subject areas, or even geographical regions are submitting to us at any given time. However, as we now have 3 years of submission data, we thought it would be helpful to give people an indication of our current acceptance rate.

All published articles at PeerJ have been peer-reviewed by two external reviewers and then formally accepted by their handling Academic Editor. Right now, if we look at the  submissions to the journal, an average of 58% of these submissions will end up as Accepted (having passed through our various checks, adhered to our policies, and been formally peer-reviewed with an ultimate acceptance decision).

Of course, the best way to help ensure your article is accepted is to make sure you adhere to our policies; that you have followed our author instructions; that you are confident that your article will pass our various editorial criteria; and that you are sending us your best work! It is also important, when submitting your revision to us, to make sure that the rebuttal text comprehensively addresses all the comments from the reviewers (see this information on how to prepare a good rebuttal).

We encourage you to send your best work to PeerJ and we look forward to seeing your submissions.

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