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DHQ Acceptance Rates

DHQ provides acceptance statistics for the benefit and information of our authors, readers, and those evaluating this publication and its contents. A few notes to assist in interpreting this information:

  1. Changes over time: DHQ is still a fairly new journal, and our policies and practices have evolved to some degree over time. In particular, DHQ's submission management system changed in 2014, with some alterations to our data collection. We have done our best to harmonize the data across DHQ's publication history, but comparisons between years may not be fully meaningful.
  2. Special issues: Submissions for special issues receive two forms of peer review. Submissions are typically reviewed first by the issue's guest editor(s) who may reject or request revisions before submitting the issue to DHQ. DHQ also reviews all special issue submissions following our normal peer review process, and articles may be rejected or revisions may be required. However, because of the prior review, acceptance rates are significantly higher for special issues than for regular submissions. For this reason, we provide separate acceptance rate statistics for special and regular issue submissions. Our acceptance rates for regular issues may be a useful index of quality standards for special issue submissions, but for some purposes it may be more appropriate to think of special issue contributions as being similar in some respects to a book chapter, with respect to the process and outcomes of peer review.
  3. Currency: We provide basic statistics (year by year and cumulative) on submissions, decisions, acceptances, and publications. For the most recent years, where not all articles have completed the review and production process, statistics are necessarily incomplete. In these cases, the ratio of published articles to decisions is the most useful. We provide the date on which the statistics were last updated to assist in making this assessment. This data is maintained under version control, so if access to past versions is needed for historical purposes we can provide it.
  4. Genres: DHQ publishes a range of genres. Articles and case studies receive external peer review, and these are the only materials covered in the statistics reported below. Other materials, including editorials and opinion pieces, reviews, and occasional special materials associated with a specific event or special issues, are reviewed by the DHQ editorial team with input as needed from advisors and external reviewers. These materials are excluded from the statistics below.
  5. Handling of resubmissions: Submissions whose decision is "resubmit for review" (that is, submissions requiring such significant revisions that further review is necessary before a final decision can be made) are considered to have been rejected. If they are subsequently resubmitted in revised form, that is considered as a fresh submission.

The terms used in the statistics below are defined as follows:

  • submission: An article or case study is reported as a submission if it is received by DHQ through our regular submission process with the intention that it be considered for publication. This does not include drafts submitted informally for feedback, but does include materials that are subsequently withdrawn.
  • acceptance: A submission is reported as accepted if it is either accepted for publication as is, or accepted with minor revisions. This includes submissions whose decision is "revise," even if the revisions are never completed and the article is never published. It also includes articles that were accepted even if they were subsequently withdrawn.
  • decision: A submission is reported as a decision if a review decision was made, regardless of whether the article has been published.
  • publication: A submission is reported as published if it has appeared on the DHQ's public site (either in the Preview area or as part of a completed issue). This includes materials that may subsequently have been removed for some reason (either arising from a DHQ decision or at the author's request).
DHQ Acceptance StatisticsTotal201620152014201320122011201020092008200720062005
Regular issues
submissions39229897331343621241519156
decisions3122446531343621241519156
accepted153119191613219101116135
published10403141511187871452
Special issues
submissions11003152151421661900
decisions10103111651421661900
accepted9003111351314661900
published820381151314661600
Total
submissions50229928852395042302138156
decisions4132477647395042302138156
accepted2431223029183423161735135
published18606222616312114133052
Regular issue statistics
published/submitted0.2600.030.190.480.320.50.330.330.460.740.330.33
accepted/submitted0.390.030.210.260.520.380.580.430.420.730.840.870.83
published/decisions0.3300.070.220.480.320.50.330.330.470.740.330.33
Special issue statistics
published/submitted0.75pending10.530.5210.930.67110.84NANA
accepted/submitted0.82pending10.730.6210.930.67111NANA
published/decisions0.81pending10.730.6910.930.67110.84NANA

Last updated: May 26, 2016