Locating acceptance rates for individual journals or for specific disciplines can be difficult, yet is necessary information for promotion and tenure activities. Journals with lower article acceptance rates are frequently considered to be more prestigious and more “meritorious”.
The method of calculating acceptance rates varies among journals:
You will find a few useful tips and resources on finding journal acceptance rates below:
Try contacting the editor of the journal to see if s/he will share the acceptance rate.
Some societies will also publish acceptance rates for their journals on their home pages. A Google search using the name of the journal or the name of the society will usually take you to the journal home page.
Acceptance rates for some journals can be found in this library subscription database. Currently over 1200 journals, primarily in Educational Technology, Educational Curriculum and Educational Psychology are available within this database but other discipline journals may also be included.
Information courtesy of University of Michigan subject guide "Research Impact Metrics: Citation Analysis"