We’re entering the third week of our newly launched rubric and the numbers are coming in. And so far, so good!
Below we have created several graphics and visuals illustrating the difference in score distributions and acceptance rates from June to August. We have only looked at review numbers falling on the dates June 8-18, July 8-18, and August 8-18, since we do not yet have the full month of August to compare.
As you can see, the numbers suggest our rubric is working as intended! Our overall acceptance rates have increased, our rejection and revision rates have decreased, and we are giving out higher ratings across the board.
It is still early, but we are pleased that the numbers are moving in the direction of our original projections. Although there may be some fluctuations in the coming weeks, we anticipate that our acceptance rates will continue to remain higher than they were before the rubric updates.
Conclusions & Projections
The new rubric seems to be doing a good job of reducing subjective reviews and overall revision and rejection rates. We are also seeing much quicker review times as a team (i.e., time it takes each editor to review an article on average). As a result, we have increased our in-house production by around 23% so far (in just 3 weeks!).
We’re not quite on pace with previous months on the queue yet, but we are planning to run incentives in-house to push through the last hump of the month and should be able to get through most, if not all, of the backlog before the beginning of September. We’re continuing to improve our times and efficiency, so we expect to bridge that gap over the next several weeks.
Additionally, as we noted in our original rubric announcement, the at-home team hiatus is temporary. We are currently preparing their transition back, and are hoping to reactivate that team before the end of the year. Once that team is fully transitioned and caught up on the changes, we should see even better turnaround times on the review queue.
We’re happy with the direction the numbers are trending and are looking forward to continued improvements in our rates and turnaround times!
The WritersDomain Team