At the 2010 meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Montreal last weekend, I attended a truly inspiring symposium on the subject of peer review. My full recap of the symposium will be up later this week over at The Bubble Chamber,but for now I wanted to share just one surprising statistic I learned during the symposium:
The acceptance rate for articles submitted to natural sciences journals is around 60-80%.
The acceptance rate for articles submitted to humanities journals is around 10-30%.*
I can’t decide if this is depressing, because I’ll never get published, or encouraging, because at least my field has standards. So which is it? Tell me your opinion in the comments.
* Thanks to Carole Lee for this statistic and for my favorite talk of the weekend.
EDIT: Dr. Lee sent me the paper in which she quoted this stat, and the papers she is citing are from 1971, 1988, and 1990. So the stat’s way outdated. Better question: what are acceptance rates now for first-tier journals in natural sciences and humanities?