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Ranking Leading Econometrics Journals Using Citations Data from ISI and RePEc

  • Chia-Lin Chang

    (Department of Applied Economics, and Department of Finance, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan)

  • Michael McAleer


    (Department of Quantitative Finance, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan
    Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam 3000, The Netherlands
    Tinbergen Institute, Rotterdam 3000, The Netherlands
    Department of Quantitative Economics, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid 28040, Spain)

The paper focuses on the robustness of rankings of academic journal quality and research impact of 10 leading econometrics journals taken from the Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science (ISI) Category of Economics, using citations data from ISI and the highly accessible Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) database that is widely used in economics, finance and related disciplines. The journals are ranked using quantifiable static and dynamic Research Assessment Measures (RAMs), with 15 RAMs from ISI and five RAMs from RePEc. The similarities and differences in various RAMs, which are based on alternative weighted and unweighted transformations of citations, are highlighted to show which RAMs are able to provide informational value relative to others. The RAMs include the impact factor, mean citations and non-citations, journal policy, number of high quality papers, and journal influence and article influence. The paper highlights robust rankings based on the harmonic mean of the ranks of 20 RAMs, which in some cases are closely related. It is shown that emphasizing the most widely-used RAM, the two-year impact factor of a journal, can lead to a distorted evaluation of journal quality, impact and influence relative to the harmonic mean of the ranks. Some suggestions regarding the use of the most informative RAMs are also given.

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Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 1 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 217-235

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Handle: RePEc:gam:jecnmx:v:1:y:2013:i:3:p:217-235:d:30522
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  1. Chia-Lin Chang & Esfandiar Maasoumi & Michael McAleer, 2013. "Robust Ranking of Journal Quality: An Application to Economics," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-081/III, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2013. "Ranking journal quality by harmonic mean of ranks: an application to ISI statistics & probability," Statistica Neerlandica, Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research, vol. 67(1), pages 27-53, 02.
  3. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2013. "Coercive Journal Self Citations, Impact Factor, Journal Influence and Article Influence," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-040/III, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2010. "Great Expectatrics: Great Papers, Great Journals, Great Econometrics," Working Papers in Economics 10/36, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  5. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J. & Oxley, L., 2010. "What Makes a Great Journal Great in Economics? The Singer Not the Song," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2010-45, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  6. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J. & Oxley, L., 2010. "What Makes a Great Journal Great in the Sciences? Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2010-75, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  7. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2011. "How are Journal Impact, Prestige and Article Influence Related? An Application to Neuroscience," Working Papers in Economics 11/06, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  8. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael Mcaleer, 2013. "What Do Experts Know About Forecasting Journal Quality? A Comparison With Isi Research Impact In Finance," Annals of Financial Economics (AFE), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 8(01), pages 1350005-1-1.
  9. Christian Zimmermann, 2007. "Academic Rankings with RePEc," Working papers 2007-36, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2009.
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