Turnaround times and acceptance rates in political science journals

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It would be great if the psjournals app included information on turnaround times and acceptance rates in political science journals. This is one of the most common requests that I receive from its users, and I could not agree more.

These statistics are unfortunately unavailable for many journals.

The ones published by Taylor & Francis are now a welcome exception. The publisher has recently started to provide statistics on journal turnaround times and acceptance rates on its website โ€” in separate sections for individual journals.

This blogpost brings these statistics together, collecting the data with the code available on GitHub.

All turnaround times indicate the median, measured in days. Further details on measurement are available on the publisherโ€™s website.

See also the graphs that summarise the statistics at the end of the post.

Submission to first decision
Journal Including desk rejects Excluding desk rejects Acceptance to online Acceptance rate
Journal of European Public Policy 3 47 21 24%
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 23 79 21 14%
West European Politics 39 68 27 18%
Review of International Political Economy 10 86 19 24%
Environmental Politics 76 99 18 18%
Democratization 15 41 20 34%
New Political Economy 18 89 15 22%
Political Communication 17 75 38 12%
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism NA NA 18 NA
Terrorism and Political Violence 41 62 27 20%
South European Society and Politics NA NA 35 NA
Journal of European Integration 54 121 28 28%
Globalizations 17 105 23 53%
Geopolitics 33 87 22 30%
Post-Soviet Affairs 32 78 12 14%
Citizenship Studies 23 102 12 15%
Local Government Studies 27 76 15 20%
Social Movement Studies 56 126 11 23%
Washington Quarterly NA NA 30 NA
European Security 29 54 19 37%
Review of African Political Economy 40 104 45 22%
Security Studies 34 103 22 6%
Territory, Politics, Governance 52 94 32 30%
Mediterranean Politics 9 86 15 25%
Problems of Post-Communism 88 108 41 39%
International Feminist Journal of Politics 59 118 38 36%
Contemporary Security Policy 4 47 15 12%
Journal of Strategic Studies 0 88 19 17%
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists NA NA 37 NA
International Interactions 49 64 31 24%
Contemporary Politics 11 77 14 22%
Journal of Human Rights 19 80 65 28%
Cambridge Review of International Affairs 54 85 21 27%
East European Politics 52 86 14 41%
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 42 101 9 50%
Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 56 72 15 23%
Journal of Legislative Studies 73 86 21 53%
Journal of Southern African Studies NA NA 30 NA
German Politics 80 91 20 44%
Intelligence and National Security NA NA 11 NA
Ethnopolitics 28 57 22 62%
International Journal of Political Economy NA NA 58 NA
Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 0 90 59 10%
Australian Journal of Political Science 32 76 15 36%
Representation 70 92 21 46%
Critical Review NA NA 45 NA
Journal of Genocide Research 16 80 20 33%
Journal of Political Science Education 88 102 18 58%
National Identities 63 117 24 41%
Middle Eastern Studies 13 NA 27 29%
Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 12 47 40 51%
International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence NA NA 53 NA
Peace Review NA NA 98 NA
Democracy and Security 57 72 22 37%
Comparative Strategy NA NA 50 NA
Israel Affairs NA NA 10 NA
Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism 2 133 14 23%
Nonproliferation Review 41 57 48 42%
Perspectives on Political Science 147 102 23 33%
Political Science 56 84 28 27%
Asian Journal of Political Science 52 64 14 19%
Australian Journal of International Affairs 5 45 15 24%
Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs NA NA 26 NA
Parliaments, Estates and Representation NA NA 21 NA
Review of Faith and International Affairs NA NA 56 NA
South African Journal of International Affairs 2 90 22 49%


Descriptive graphs

Here are two graphs that describe the data in the table above. The first is for the statistics on speed while the latter plots the acceptance variable.