October 18, 2017 | James Cleaver, Publisher - Business, Management, Economics & Finance

Should you aim to be 'ranked'?

An insight into the benefits of journal ranking lists

Across a broad range of disciplines, a factor for many authors in deciding where to publish is the indexing and rankings of their journal of choice, such as the Impact Factor or CiteScore. This post, on the other hand, highlights another set of rankings that were originally created for use in the Business & Management community. These lists have become very important for in this field, but have also expanded over time to include rankings on journals across numerous social sciences, including Economics, Finance, Psychology, Education, Sociology, and other social sciences. Increasingly, they are also regarded as measures of excellence in areas of science, such as Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology.


What are the benefits?

Academic departments, such as business schools, use these rankings as a way of measuring the quality and impact of what their faculty produces. Authors use the lists as one way to help them to select what journal to submit their work to.

Many different countries have their own lists that attempt to rank journals and institutions by quality, whereas others use some of the more well-known national lists to create their own versions. As well as this, some countries produce lists of approved journals across every subject: South Africa, Italy and Finland are examples that take this approach.


What are the requirements?

Methodologies vary between lists, but most include an analysis of other metrics, such as Impact Factors and Scopus statistics, as well as consulting with key subject experts, university departments, academic societies and associations. Journals can also make applications for inclusion, or an improvement in ranking, when new iterations of the lists are being put together.

Below are just a few examples of lists to look out for:


Journal ranking lists have their advocates and their critics; whatever your view on their utility or how they are constructed, they are part of the landscape that determines where research ends up being published and how it is assessed.

For more details about any of these lists, or for information on how to potentially improve your journal's ranking, please contact your Managing Editor.

Published: October 18, 2017 | Author: James Cleaver, Publisher - Business, Management, Economics & Finance | Category: Citations, impact and usage, Front page, Raising the profile of my journal | Tagged with: