TOPIC GUIDE: PBRF and journal ranking - a quick guide to resources


Journal impact factors and ranking lists
Selected general articles on journal rankings
Cited by information
Articles on PBRF

Selected articles on ranking, by subject area

Accounting and finance
Information systems
International business
Operations management

Tertiary Education Commission - Performance Based Research Fund 2018 Quality Evaluation
Describes quality evaluation and has information about panel nominations, the PBRF sector group, guidelines for quality evaluation, panel members and moderators for 2018 Quality Evaluation.

University of Auckland PBRF information for staff

Journal impact factors and rankings Top of page

ABDC journal quality list
Australian Business Dean’s Council list. Interim review 2016. Full review planned for 2017.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
Assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions. Until 2010 they published a journal list which graded journals but this is grading is no longer produced. Journals are listed by field of research.

Academic Journal Guide 2015 - Chartered Association of Business Schools
The listing reflects the perceptions of the Editors, informed by the Scientific Committee and by expert peers and scholarly associations with whom they consulted as to the relative standing of journals in each subject area. Builds on the previous ABS Guide 2010. Requires free registration.

Journal Citation Reports
JCR uses citation data to compare peer-reviewed journals. Each year, there are two editions: Science & Social Sciences. Science edition - over 8,400 journals in over 176 subject categories, Social Sciences edition - more than 3,000 journals in over 56 categories.

Journal quality list from
Lists are compiled and edited by Dr. Anne-Wil Harzing. The current version contains 20 different rankings of 916 journals.

SJR - Scimago Journal and Country Rankings
Produced by Scopus, SJR ranks journals within subject area.

General articles on journal rankings Top of page

Bergstrom, C. (2007). Eigenfactor: Measuring the value and prestige of scholarly journals. C&R L News, 68(5).

Harzing, A. W., & Van Der Wal, R. (2009). A Google Scholar h‐index for journals: An alternative metric to measure journal impact in economics and business. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60(1), 41-46.

Serenko, A., & Bontis, N. (2011). What's familiar is excellent: The impact of exposure effect on perceived journal quality. Journal of Informetrics, 5(1), 219-223.

Swanson, E. P., Wolfe, C. J. & Zardkoohi, A. (2006) Concentration in the major business journals: Evidence and consequences for accounting, finance, management, and marketing

Rankings by subject area - a selective list Top of page

Accounting and finance Top of page

Bonner, S. E., Hesford, J. W., Van der Stede, W. A., & Young, S. M. (2006). The most influential journals in academic accounting. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 31(7), 663-685.

Chan, K. C., Tong, J. Y., & Zhang, F. F. (2012).Accounting journal rankings, authorship patterns and the author affiliation index Australian Accounting Review, 22(4), 407-417.

Chan, K. C., Chen, C. R., & Cheng, L. T. W. (2005). Ranking research productivity in accounting for Asia-Pacific universities Review of Quantitative Finance & Accounting, 24(1), 47-64.

Currie, R. R., & Pandher, G. S. (2011). Finance journal rankings and tiers: An Active Scholar Assessment methodology. Journal of Banking & Finance, 35(1), 7-20.

Dixon, K. (2013). Growth and dispersion of accounting research about New Zealand before and during a National Research Assessment Exercise: Five decades of academic journals bibliometrics. Munich Personal RePEc Archive

Glover, S.M. Prawitt, D.F. & Wood , D.A. (2006). Publication records of faculty promoted at the top 75 accounting research programs
Website at provides additional data and analysis.

Hussain, S. (2010). Accounting journals and the ABS quality ratings. The British Accounting Review, 42(1), 1-16.

Matherly, M., & Shortridge, R. T. (2009). A pragmatic model to estimate journal quality in accounting. Journal of Accounting Education, 27(1), 14-29.

Rosenstreich, D., & Wooliscroft, B. (2009). Measuring the impact of accounting journals using Google Scholar and the g-index. The British Accounting Review, 41(4), 227-239.

Van Campenhout, G., & Van Caneghem, T. (2010). Article contribution and subsequent citation rates: evidence from European Accounting Review. European Accounting Review, 19(4), 837-855.

Economics Top of page

Anderson, D. L., & Tressler, J. (2014). The New Zealand performance-based research fund and its impact on publication activity in economics. Research Evaluation, 23(1): 1-11.

Anderson, D. L., & Tressler, J. (2013). The relevance of the "h-" and "g-" index to economics in the context of A nation-wide research evaluation scheme: The New Zealand case. Economic Papers: A Journal of Applied Economics and Policy, 32(1), 81-94.

Anderson, D. L., & Tressler, J. (2012). The impact of journal weighting scheme characteristics on research output measurement in economics: The New Zealand case. Review of Economics and Institutions, 3(3)

Axarloglou, K., & Theoharakis, V. (2003). Diversity in economics: An analysis of journal quality perceptions. Journal of the European Economic Association, 1(6), 1402-1423.

Combes, P., & Linnemer, L. (2010). Inferring missing citations: A quantitative multi-criteria ranking of all journals in economics. Groupement de Recherche en Economie Quantitative d'Aix Marseille.
Document de Travail no. 2010-28

Coupé, T. (2003). Revealed performances: Worldwide rankings of economists and economics departments, 1990–2000. Journal of the European Economic Association, 1(6).

Haley, M. R. (2014). Ranking top economics and finance journals using Microsoft Academic Search versus Google Scholar: How does the new publish or perish option compare? Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 65(5), 1079-1084.

Haley, M. R. (2013). Rank variability of the publish or perish metrics for economics and finance journals. Applied Economics Letters, 20(9), 830-836.

Kalaitzidakis, P., Mamuneas, T. P., & Stengos, T. (2011). An updated ranking of academic journals in economics. Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue Canadienne d'Économique, 44(4), 1525-1538.

Kalaitzidakis, P. Mamuneas, T.P., & Stengos, T. (2003). Rankings of academic journals and institutions in economics Journal of the European Economic Association, 1(6), 1346-1366.

Macri, J., McAleer, M., & Sinha, D. (2010). On the robustness of alternative rankings methodologies: Australian and New Zealand economics departments, 1988 to 2002. Applied Economics, 42(10), 1257-1268.

Pomfret, R. & Choon Wang, L. (2003). Evaluating the research output of Australian universities' economics departments. Australian Economic Papers, 42(4), 418-441.

Seiler, C., & Wohlrabe, K. (2011). Ranking economists and economic institutions using RePEc: Some Remarks.

Tressler, J., & Anderson, D. L. (2012). Citations as a measure of the research outputs of New Zealand's economics departments: The problem of'long and variable lags. Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, 19(1), 17-37.

Entrepreneurship Top of page

Entrepreneurship journal rankings

Campbell, N., & Mitchell, D. T. (2012). A (partial) review of entrepreneurship literature across disciplines. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 1(2), 183-199.

Carraher, S. M., & Paridon, T. J. (2008). Entrepreneurship journal rankings across the discipline. Journal of Small Business Strategy, 19(2), 89-98.

Stewart, A., & Cotton, J. (2013). Making sense of entrepreneurship journals: Journal rankings and policy choices. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 19(3), 303-323.

Information systems Top of page

A compilation of MIS Journal Rankings, edited by Carole Saunders and the Senior Scholars' Basket of Journals is maintained by the Association of Information Systems.

Barnes, S. J. (2005). Assessing the value of IS journals. Communications of the ACM, 48(1), 110-112. Retrieved from Business Source Premier.

Fisher, J., Shanks, G., & Lamp, J. (2007). A ranking list for information systems journals. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 14,(2), 5-18. Retrieved 25 March 2009 from

Hsieh-Hong, H., & Jack Shih-Chieh, H. (2005). An evaluation of publication productivity in Information Systems: 1999 to 2003. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2005(15), 555-564. Retrieved from Business Source Premier.

IS Journal Ranking and Analysis. Retrieved 5 June 2014 from

Lowry, P. B., Romans, D. & Curtis, A. (2004). Global journal prestige and supporting disciplines: A scientometric study of Information Systems journals. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 5(2), p29-77

Rainer, R.K., & Miller, M. D. (2005). Examining differences across journal rankings. Communications of the ACM, 48(20), 91-94. Retrieved from Business Source Premier.

Willcocks, L., 1, Whitley, E. A., & Avgerou, C. (2008). The ranking of top IS journals: a perspective from the London School of Economics. European Journal of Information Systems, 17, 163–168. doi:10.1057/ejis.2008.9 This is one of four opinion papers in this issue devoted to journal ranking lists.

International business Top of page

DuBois F.L., & Reeb, D. (2000).Ranking the international business journals Journal of International Business Studies, 31, 689–704.  This study seeks to assess and rank the relative quality of 30 international business journals using both a citation analysis and a survey approach.

Inkpen, Andrew C. (2001). A note on ranking the international business journals. Journal of International Business Studies, 32(1),193-196.
Discusses research by DuBois and Reeb (2000), which examined the relative quality of 30 international business (IB) journals.

Urbancic, F. R. (2006). Textbook citations as a measure of journal influence on international business education. Journal of Teaching in International Business, 17(3), 47-60.

Management Top of page

Azar, O. H., & Brock, D. M. (2008). A citation‐based ranking of strategic management journals. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 17(3), 781-802.

Harris, C. (2008). Ranking the management journals. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 39(4), 373-409.

Macdonald, S., & Kam, J. (2007). Ring a ring o’roses: Quality journals and gamesmanship in management studies. Journal of Management Studies, 44(4), 640-655.

McWilliams, A. , Siegel, D. & Van Fleet, D. (2005l). Scholarly journals as producers of knowledge: Theory and empirical evidence based on data envelopment analysis. Organizational Research Methods, 8(2), 185-201.

Serenko, A., & Bontis, N. (2013). Global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals: 2013 update. Journal of Knowledge Management, 17(2), 307-326.

Van Fleet, D. D., McWilliams, A., & Siegel, D. S. A. (2000). Theoretical and empirical analysis of journal rankings: The case of formal lists, Journal of Management, 26(5), 839-861.

Marketing Top of page

Cheng, L. T. W., Chan, K. C., & Chan, R. Y. K. (2003). Publications in major marketing journals: An analysis of research productivity of Asia-Pacific universities. Journal of Marketing Education, 25(2), 163-176.

Mort, G. S.,  McColl-Kennedy, J. R., Kiel  G., & Soutar, G. N. (2004). Perceptions of marketing journals by senior academics in Australia and New Zealand. Australasian Marketing Journal 12(2).

Rosenstreich, D., & Wooliscroft, B. (2012). Assessing international journal impact: the case of marketing. European Business Review, 24(1), 58-87.

Seggie, S. H., & Griffith, D. A. (2009). What does it take to get promoted in marketing academia? Understanding exceptional publication productivity in the leading marketing journals. Journal of Marketing, 73(1), 122-132.

Steward, M., & Lewis, B. (2010). A comprehensive analysis of marketing journal rankings. Journal of Marketing Education, 32(1), 75.

Uncles, M.D. (2004). Journal rankings: How much credence should we give them? Australasian Marketing Journal, 12(2)

Operations management Top of page

Agrawal, V. K., Agrawal, V., & Rungtusanatham, M. (2011). Theoretical and interpretation challenges to using the author affiliation index method to rank journals. Production and Operations Management, 20(2), 280-300.

Ellinger, A. E., & Chapman, K. (2011). Benchmarking leading supply chain management and logistics strategy journals. International Journal of Logistics Management, 22(3), 403-419.

Kovács, G., Spens, K., & Vellenga, D. B. (2008). Academic publishing in the Nordic countries - a survey of logistics and supply chain related journal rankings. International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications, 11(4),313-329.

Olson, J. E. (2005). Top-25-business-school professors rate journals in operations management and related fields. Interfaces, 35(4), 323-338.

Petersen, C. G., Aase, G. R., & Heiser, D. R. (2011). Journal ranking analyses of operations management research. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 31(4), 405-422.

Property Top of page

Hardin, W. G., Liano, K., & Chan, K. C. (2006). Influential journals, institutions and researchers in real estate. Real Estate Economics, 34(3), 457-478.

Tu, C., & Worzala, E. (2010). The perceived quality of real estate journals: does your affiliation matter? Property Management, 28(2), 104-121.

'Cited by' information Top of page

Key databases

Web of Science
Find who has cited a particular article or book. This is the main database to use. Good for tracking journal article citations. Use the Create citation alert feature to receive emails for any subsequent citing of a particular article. Also note the additional data available for citations eg ranking features, international spread for citations. Poor coverage of New Zealand journals.

Google scholar
Look for Cited by links.

Business Source Premier
Has Times cited in this database links for some articles. It also has a Cited references button on the top of the page menu bar. Note that the 'cited bys' are only to other items in the EBSCOhost database.

Look for the Cited by link for individual records. There is also a link to Cited by in Scopus for individual records. The cited by articles are again. like BSP, only to those titles included in the ScienceDirect and Scopus databases

Find the Cited by link to the right side of each item in a results list

Other databases to search for 'cited by' information are those that allow you to run your search through the full text. Databases allowing you to do this include ABI/INFORM and Expanded Academic

Citations in Economics (CitEc)
Citation analysis for documents distributed on the RePEc digital library.

Selected articles on PBRF Top of page

Last updated: 28 November, 2018