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Ranking Leading Econometrics Journals Using Citations Data from ISI and RePEc

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 5 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 highlight 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 2-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 is also given.

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Paper provided by University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 14/01.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:cbt:econwp:14/01
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  1. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2012. "Ranking Journal Quality by Harmonic Mean of Ranks: An Application to ISI Statistics & Probability," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE 2012-12, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.
  2. Chang, Chia-Lin & McAleer, Michael & Oxley, Les, 2013. "Coercive journal self citations, impact factor, Journal Influence and Article Influence," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 190-197.
  3. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J., 2013. "What Do Experts Know About Forecasting Journal Quality? A Comparison with ISI Research Impact in Finance?," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2013-05, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  4. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2011. "How are journal impact, prestige and article influence related? An application to neuroscience," Journal of Applied Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(11), pages 2563-2573, January.
  5. Christian Zimmermann, 2007. "Academic Rankings with RePEc," Working papers 2007-36, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2009.
  6. 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.
  7. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2010. "Great Expectatrics: Great Papers, Great Journals, Great Econometrics," KIER Working Papers 714, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  8. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J. & Maasoumi, E., 2012. "Robust Ranking of Journal Quality: An Application to Economics," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2012-05, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  9. Chia-Lin Chang & Philip Hans Franses & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2010. "What Makes a Great Journal Great in the Sciences? Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?," Working Papers in Economics 10/75, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
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