academic journal quality guide
The Academic Journal Guide produced by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) is a good place to get an indication of journal quality and ranking. The most recent is the 2015 version and builds on work carried out for the previous 2010 edition. You need to register/login to search the revised Guide. The journals are given a star rating from 1* to 4* (the highest). Read the documentation within the guide to learn more about the purpose and features of it and to decide whether this is suitable for you to use.
An alternative is the Journal Quality List compiled by Prof. Anne-Wil Harzing. More details about both this list and the ABS guide can be found on the Library’s Journal quality lists webpage.
The position in the ranking is based on each journal’s JCR Impact Factor defined as a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. The impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years.
The ranking represents JCR Impact Factor, SJR, and Scopus h-index values gathered in 2018. It was based on a detailed examination of more than 650 journals. This project is currently undergoing reconstruction and a new version of the ranking should be released soon.
The “JEL” classification system originated with the Journal of Economic Literature and is a standard method of classifying scholarly literature in the field of economics. It is used in many of the AEA’s published research materials.
Use the guide to gain insight on how JEL Codes are used to classify articles, dissertations, books, book reviews, and working papers. You will also find it is helpful when adding classification codes to your own work.
When searching in an article database, the more specific search terms are usually more successful, and you would probably use all three concepts.
You should have at least two concepts for your research topic, only one will be too broad, making it difficult to research and to write about.
During 2017, the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database tracked all impact factors for 12,298 journals. The table below shows the number and percentage of journals that were assigned impact factors ranging from 0 to 10+. Of 12,298 journals, only 239 titles, or 1.9% of the journals tracked by JCR, have a 2017 impact factor of 10 or higher. The top 5% of journals have impact factors approximately equal to or greater than 6 (610 journals or 4.9% of the journals tracked by JCR). Approximately two-thirds of the journals tracked by JCR have a 2017 impact factor equal to or greater than 1.