Re: ePrint Repositories [+ Peer Review]

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 10:45:42 +0000

On Sat, 27 Jan 2001, Jim Till wrote:

> Have the results for this question been cross-tabulated, to see whether or
> not rejection rates are consistently higher for journals in some fields,
> in comparison with journals in other fields?

No doubt there will be rejection-rate differences between fields (and some of it
will be a function of sheer volume of research). But of at least as much
interest are differences in rejection-rate within fields. For, the Gaussian
Distribution of human endeavor being what it is, it seems to be a foregone
conclusion that the more rigorous a journal is in accepting only the very best
work, the higher its content quality is bound to be. How closely this correlates
with other measures, such as impact, will also be of interest.

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
             Computer Science fax: +44 23-80 592-865
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton
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