Hypatia Statistics

We are often asked for information about Hypatia’s acceptance and rejection rates, bibliometric data, and information about the journal's standing in philosophy or women's studies.  If there is other information you would find useful please contact the editorial office and we’ll do our best to provide it: editor@hypatiaphilosophy.org.

Impact Factor Scores

Hypatia was selected for inclusion in the Thompson Reuters Journal Citation Report in 2011 based on the journal’s 2010 readership profile. Hypatia is one of a handful of philosophy journals included in this report. 

Note that the Thompson Reuters impact factor takes into account only citations of Hypatia articles that appeared in journal articles; it does not include citations that appeared in books or in articles published in anthologies, and it does not include other measures of impact such as the article download figures cited above.

Hypatia’s 2013 impact factor: .529

Comparison impact factors for journals in related fields:

Ethics: 1.585

Feminist Theory: .758

Signs: .593

Political Theory: .522

Feminist Studies: .096

European Journal of Women’s Studies: .804


Submission and review statistics

The data reported here are based on review activity between 2009-2014

Acceptance rates
  • Open submissions: between 10% and 15%
  • Special issue submission: between 24% and 44%
Desk Rejection Rates
  • Based on review by the editors; no external review: approximately 10%
Total number of essays sent for external review
  • Over  270 a year
Time to decision
  • Open submissions manuscripts
    • initial decisions average 10 weeks
    • final decisions on revised manuscripts average 7 weeks
  • Special issue manuscripts
    • initial decisions take 12-22 weeks
    • final decisions on revised manuscripts take an average of 6-8 weeks

Journal circulation and article download rates


In 2013, the most recent year for which we have circulation statistics, Wiley-Blackwell reports that approximately 2,681 libraries world-wide provide access to Hypatia (this includes back content as well as current issues), through liscensed subscriptions. Wiley-Blackwell maintains a philsnthropic relation which allows an additional 5,217 libraries in developing countries to access the journal at low or no cost,  Additional access to the journal may be had through JSTOR and EBSCO database licensing.

Article Downloads

Wiley-Blackwell reports the following download statistics for Hypatia articles:

  • Total downloads: 359,774 full-text downloads in 2013
  • Distribution: 50% of these downloads came from outside North American demostrating Hypatia's international impact.
  • Comparison: Hypatia usage overall is considerably higher than the average usage for a core group of Wiley Blackwell philosophy journals.
  • Hypatia website traffic: the Wiley-Blackwell Hypatia website registers up to 11,000 unique visitors per month.

Journal ratings and rankings

Hypatia is listed in a number of journal rankings and indexes.  The ratings listed here were current in 2013.

  • European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH): Hypatia received two different ERIH scores, one of INT2 in Philosophy, and a second of INT1 in Gender Studies. These ratings are characterized as follows:

INTernational (INT): both European and non-European publications with an internationally recognized scholarly significance among researchers in the respective research domains, and which are regularly cited worldwide. International journals are themselves classified into two sub-categories based on a combination of two criteria: influence and scope:

  • INT1 Sub-Category: international publications with high visibility and influence among researchers in various research domains, regularly cited all over the world.
  • INT2 Sub-Category: international publications with significant visibility and influence in the various research domains in different countries. https://www2.esf.org/asp/ERIH/Foreword/search.asp


  • Excellence in Research for Australia: Hypatia received an A* ranking On this system a journal that receives an A* ranking is characterized as follows: it is one of the best in its field or subfield in which to publish and would cover the entire field/subfield; virtually all papers published will be of a very high quality. These are journals where most of the work is important (it will really shape the field) and where researchers boast about getting accepted. Acceptance rates are typically low and the editorial board is dominated by field leaders, including many from top institutions. http://w3.unisa.edu.au/rqie/submission.asp


  • The Google Scholar Metric released June 26, 2014 lists Hypatia as #5 in the overall category of Feminism & Women’s Studies with an h-index of 14.  For comparison, Signs was #2, Feminist theory was #7, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly was #15, and Feminist Studies was #16.  The Google scholar metric is “based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013.”