Journal Benchmarking

2023 Journal Metrics Benchmarking


Don’t miss this opportunity to see how your journals perform against their peers and gain evidence-based data to inform your journal strategy.

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After the success of our 2021 and 2022 journal metrics benchmarking efforts, we are excited to open calls for the 2023 cohort. We are recruiting publisher participants for the following journal disciplines:

  • Biomedicine
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Journal metrics benchmarking provides immense value for publishers of all sizes. Past cohorts have included publishers of single journals as well as publishers with large portfolios.


Metrics without context are just numbers.

Benchmarking against peer journals is essential to understanding how your journals perform compared to competitor journals, and in relation to general trends in scientific, medical, and scholarly publishing. Clarke & Esposito benchmarking brings context to your metrics by positioning your journals within your discipline and publishing sector.

Editorial boards and society leadership often have questions about how their journals compare to others. C&E benchmarking provides relevant and up-to-date data to drive journal strategy and inform editorial policy.


Benchmarking Focus

Our 2023 benchmarking study will answer these and many other questions, providing you with the data you need to make evidence-based decisions:

  • Is your society overly generous (or not competitive) in the compensation offered to editors, given the amount of work you expect them to perform?
  • Are publishing turnaround times for your journals competitive?
  • What is the growth trend for manuscript submissions in your cohort of journals?
  • Do your journals desk-reject papers at a comparable level to your peers?
  • What types of specialist editors are prevalent in your field?
  • How do workload expectations for your editors compare to other journals?
  • How does your retention of articles via transfer compare to other journals in your discipline?
  • How is open access affecting editorial policies and practices at peer journals?



By participating, you’ll understand how your journals stack up against their peer group for journal benchmarks including:

  • Key journal publishing metrics such as submissions and published output, turnaround times, and transfer rate
  • Average cost and revenue per submission and per published article
  • Peer review processes
  • Editorial resourcing: roles, workload, and compensation
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Response to industry trends like open access, preprints, and research data availability

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Our Unique Approach

  • Timely: Our annual cohort approach allows us to collect more data across more journals, resulting in timely and up-to-date benchmark comparisons.
  • Peer comparisons: Although we collect data across multiple disciplines, we will compare your journals to peer journals within your same discipline. We are careful not to make comparisons across disciplines (e.g., biomedicine and physical sciences) on metrics that may result from very different journal norms and practices.
  • Collaborative: We work with participants to define and answer questions with the most value, ensuring data and analyses are relevant to publishers.
  • Growth-focused: We are expanding study topics and data points based on participant feedback to grow our benchmarks and related analyses.
  • Affordable: The cost is spread across many participating publishers (based on number of journals), which means large and small publishers can participate cost-effectively.
  • Baseline for improvement: We benchmark your journals against industry data to establish a baseline against which you can measure the effectiveness of your initiatives.
  • Anonymized: No participants or journals in C&E benchmarking are identified to other participants. All of the data we collect are carefully anonymized; ranges are used instead of specific data points that could be used to “unmask” the identity of the journal or its publisher.


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