Grading Journals in Economics: The ABCs of the ABDC

32 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2018

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Joe Hirschberg

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Jenny N. Lye

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Date Written: September 1, 2018

Abstract

The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) have graded journals in the fields of Economics and Statistics to evaluate the quality of research. This paper examines the consistency of these grades with 44 bibliometric indicators of journal quality and measures of interrater agreement.

First, we categorise the bibliometrics employing a unique cluster analysis based on an interrater agreement statistic. Then, we determine which journals have been assigned ABDC grades that do not reflect the rank of the bibliometrics. These cases provide an indication of the extent to which the ABDC journal grades are determined by non-bibliometric factors.

Keywords: Hirsch index, citation count, impact factor, downloads, Euclidian citation score, Altmetrics, interrater agreement statistics, cluster analysis, heatmaps

JEL Classification: C49, O30, Y10

Suggested Citation

Hirschberg, Joseph G. and Lye, Jenny N., Grading Journals in Economics: The ABCs of the ABDC (September 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3258177 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3258177

Joseph G. Hirschberg (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Victoria 3010, 3010
Australia

Jenny N. Lye

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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