Ranking Scientific Journals via Latent Class Models for Polytomous Item Response
We propose a strategy for ranking scientific journals starting from a set of available quantitative indicators that represent imperfect measures of the unobservable "value" of the journals of interest. After discretizing the available indicators, we estimate a latent class model for polytomous item response data and use the estimated model to classify each journal. We apply the proposed approach to data from the Research Evaluation Exercise (VQR) carried out in Italy with reference to the period 2004-2010, focusing on the sub-area consisting of Statistics and Financial Mathematics. Using four quantitative indicators of the journals' scientific value (IF, IF5, AIS, h-index), some of which not available for all journals, we derive a complete ordering of the journals according to their latent value. We show that the proposed methodology is relatively simple to implement, even when the aim is to classify journals into finite ordered groups of a fixed size. Finally, we analyze the robustness of the obtained ranking with respect to different discretization rules.
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