Frequently Asked Questions
Ø Q1. How do I find top journals in my field?
Ø Q2. Why is this journal not in the Web of Science?
Ø Q3. What is Cabell's ranking for this journal?
Business Journal Rankings
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Getting Started: FAQ Answers
Ø A1. Journal rankings are based on bibliometrics, which is a set of quantitative methods (1) to measure patterns of scientific publication and citation and (2) to assess the impact of research. A list of top journals will differ depending on citation tools, metrics chosen for analysis and how broadly a field is defined, for example human resource management vs. management in general. Journal rankings may change from year to year.
The standard source for journal rankings in North America is the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from the ISI Web of Knowledge by Thomson Reuters.
Lists of top journals in specific fields may also be found in academic journal articles (featured on the left) or by searching in subject databases and Google Scholar.
Anne-Wil Harzing's site offers additional information on business journal rankings. Her article When Knowledge Wins: Transcending the Sense and Nonsense of Academic Rankings provides an overview of issues in journal rankings and their effect on scholarship. Additional perspectives may be found in Deep Impact: Unintended Consequnces of Journal Rank.
Ø A2. The Web of Science covers a selected list of journals. Please contact Thomson Reuters if you are interested in submitting your journal of interest for their consideration.
Ø A3. The Cabell Directory does not provide journal rankings. As a directory of publishing opportunities, it lists requirements for submitting a manuscript including acceptance rates.
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) via Web of Science
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) includes Social Science Citation Reports and Science Citation Reports online since 2003. JCR and the Web of Science are part of the ISI Web of Knowledge, a product of Thomson Reuters. When researching literature on journal rankings, you may find references under all of these terms. JCR is published annually in June in two editions, JCR Science Edition (5900+ journals) and JCR Social Sciences Edition (1700+ journals).
JCR database uses the following citation metrics:
Description of different citation metrics approaches:
Scope Notes for Selected JCR Journals
Business and economics journals in JCR are broadly grouped in the following categories:
All aspects of business and the business world, such as marketing and advertising, forecasting, planning, administration, organizational studies, compensation, strategy, retailing, consumer research, and management; also business history and business ethics.
Financial and economic correlations, accounting, financial management, investment strategies, the international monetary system, insurance, taxation, and banking.
All aspects, both theoretical and applied, of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services such as political economy, agricultural economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, trade, and planning.
Industrial Relations & Labor
Arbitration, business and labor law, human resources, labor history, labor relations, and the sociology of work relations.
Management science, organization studies, strategic planning and decision-making methods, leadership studies, and total quality management.