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Based on reliable data (if there is any), how likely is a R&R be finally accepted approximately?


Here is some numbers I found:

  1. According to an anonymous comment, the post RR acceptance rate for a "top journal" is about 25%.

  2. According to an anonymous "editor", P(Acceptance|R&R and ranked below top 40 journal) is about 75%

  3. One anonymous comment claims that the post RR acceptance rate of JFE is 85%, possibly based on the EJMR self-reported statistics on journal submissions.

  4. A few comments claim that all of their RR are accepted, except once or twice.

  5. A comment from the same link claims that the post RR acceptance rate is 75% but for top 5 is about 50%

  6. A comment from the same link claims that the post RR acceptance rate is 90% but for top 5 is guessed to be 75%.

  7. Two anonymous comments claim that the post RR acceptance rate is 50% for tops. 80% for mid-range.

  8. All of my friends and professors says that R&R lead to acceptance with high probability unless it is top-5 journals.

  9. According to JoF editorial reports, the post RR acceptance rate is 58.8 in 2009, 45.9% in 2010, and 90% in 2019. This is a very reliable data for Finance. I am looking for similar data in one of the economics journals.

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    $\begingroup$ I believe this is impossible to say in general because it depends too much on individual characteristics of the editor (and the referees). $\endgroup$
    – Bayesian
    Jan 13 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ You may be able to get acceptance rates from Cabells, but it is not entirely economics - oriented and I have noticed gaps in their data. I believe it is a paid service. liu.cwp.libguides.com/c.php?g=45770&p=3161505 $\endgroup$ Jan 14 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ @RegressForward Are they providing post-RR acceptance rate or only the raw acceptance rate? $\endgroup$
    – High GPA
    Jan 14 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Bayesian Well, there are some official data for Journal of Finance, whose post-RR acceptance rate is about 50%, which is pretty consistent around 2010. This acceptance rate was gradually increased to 90% since 2017, though. $\endgroup$
    – High GPA
    Jan 14 at 17:06