Are you shopping for journals to send out to and wonder what you’re in for from one editorial board to another? Want a little more information than word of mouth testimonials from office mates and colleagues? JournalReviewer to the rescue!
JournalReviewer, brought to us by Malte Elson (Ruhr University Bochum) and James D. Ivory (Virginia Tech), crowd sources the experiences of submitters who have gone before you. The site’s goal is to help authors make the most informed decision about where to send their work. What it’s not is “an ‘attack’ site for people looking to vent their anger after a frustrating journal review experience.” Nor is it “a site for people looking to find the easiest path to publication they can find. The goal of JournalReviewer is simply to provide information about review experiences that many manuscript submitters seem to ask each other about when discussing journals. Much of the information authors want most, and request most of others, is not about ease of acceptance but the logistics of the review process and the substance of the feedback.”
The site is a work in progress that I suspect will become much more useful when more of the 750 journals currently populating the database are spoken for. That is, of the 750 on the full list only 194 have reports attached. Reports consist of turnaround rates (in days) and review length (number of words); also Review Quality, Overall Quality, Would Submit Again, and Journal Recommendation metrics using a 1-5 scale. Journals from all disciplines make up the database with communication titles very well represented (perhaps because one of the builders of the site is in the field). Recently added review reports include Acta Psychologica, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Mass Communication & Society, and Sex Roles.
Viewers of the site are encouraged to wear both lurker and contributor hats. There are forms for journal suggestions to add to the site and for report submissions. So share your stories (yes, there is free form space for comments)!