A new academic journal, the American Scientific Research Review, has attracted over 117,000 manuscript submissions in its first three months, since launching in June of 2021.
The aim of the new journal is to become the most exclusive outlet for cutting-edge research in the world.
Professor Aldous Wentworth, the Editor-in-Chief of the American Scientific Research Review, boasts that his journal is so exclusive that it has a 0% acceptance rate.
“We all know that the acceptance rate is the most important quality indicator when it comes to journals. I mean, let’s face it. No one ever reads any of these articles, so the only way to assess quality is to look at the number of accepted manuscripts relative to the number of submissions.”
Of the 117,000 submissions, around 80,000 were immediately desk rejected by the editors. The remainder were rejected in the first, second, or third round of revise and resubmit. None of the manuscripts advanced to the fourth round, another indicator of esteem.
Three short months after launching, the American Scientific Research Review has rocketed to the top of every journal ranking, beating out Nature, Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet for the top spot.
“Previously, the top journals had acceptance rates of between 3% and 12%. That means it’s much easier to get a paper accepted into them than at our journal,” said Professor Wentworth.
Jonathan Dumas, Director of New Journal Acquisitions at Elsevier, is bullish on the future of this new journal.
“We knew we had to have it in our portfolio. We pride ourselves on quality control in peer review and ASRR is testament to our commitment. Already, we’ve generated almost $6M in revenue over the first three months.”
The journal has an author submission fee of $50, but it is waived for researchers from developing countries.
“That waiver is consistent with our values. We just want to do what’s right.”
Professor Amy Schweinstieger credits her recent promotion to Full Professor with her recent submission to the American Scientific Research Review.
“I was in the second round of revise and resubmit at the time of my promotion application. When the panel found out there was a 0% acceptance rate, I knew I had it in the bag.”
Not to be outdone, the National Institutes of Health have recently launched a grant scheme with a 0% acceptance rate, hoping to boost the dwindling number of grant applications they’ve received in recent years.
Professor Andrew R. Timming
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