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Assessing Sport Management Journals: A Multi-Dimensional Examination


  • Shilbury, David
  • Rentschler, Ruth


The rating of refereed journals has become important for academics and institutions as well as for sport management as a field of study. This paper argues that the dearth of a rating system in sport management works against the best interests of the development of the field. This paper presents a rating scheme for sport management journals, which replicates an earlier study of marketing journals, using weighted multi-dimensional perceptual ratings (Polonsky & Whitelaw, 2006). Forty-five senior sport management academics evaluated 13 journals on four criteria: journal prestige, contribution to theory, contribution to practice and contribution to teaching. Using the weighted scores of the four criteria for each journal and a supporting cluster analysis, four categories of journals were identified. The results of this study will assist academics as they argue the case for the quality of journals in which they publish. Further it facilitates evaluation of sport management journals in relation to one another on the basis of their overall ranking and their scores on the four individual criteria.

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  • Shilbury, David & Rentschler, Ruth, 2007. "Assessing Sport Management Journals: A Multi-Dimensional Examination," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 10(1), pages 31-44, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:spomar:v:10:y:2007:i:1:p:31-44

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