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An Examination of the Reliability of Prestigious Scholarly Journals: Evidence and Implications for Decision-Makers

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  • ANDREW J. OSWALD

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Scientific-funding bodies are increasingly under pressure to use journal rankings to measure research quality. Hiring and promotion committees routinely hear an equivalent argument: 'this is important work because it is to be published in prestigious journal X'. But how persuasive is such an argument? This paper examines data on citations to articles published 25 years ago. It finds that it is better to write the best article published in an issue of a medium-quality journal such as the "OBES" than all four of the worst four articles published in an issue of an elite journal like the "AER". Decision-makers need to understand this. Copyright (c) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2006.

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 74 (2007)
Issue (Month): 293 (02)
Pages: 21-31

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:74:y:2007:i:293:p:21-31

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  1. Why Journals?
    by Ekkehart Schlicht in RePEc blog on 2009-12-16 00:25:26
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    by Ekkehart Schlicht in RePEc blog on 2009-09-17 14:15:25
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    by Ekkehart Schlicht in RePEc blog on 2013-02-14 15:48:48

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