Grading Journals in Economics: The ABCS of the ABDC

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Joe Hirschberg

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Jeanette Ngaire Lye

University of Melbourne

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Date Written: September 1, 2020

Abstract

Many institutions and governments grade academic journals for the evaluation of research. In this paper, we implement a multi‐bibliometric methodology for the evaluation of such a list of journal grades. We examine the grades assigned by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) for over 750 journals in the fields of economics and statistics. Firstly, we generate up to 48 bibliometric‐based grades for each journal based on the grade distribution implied by the ABDC. Secondly, we categorize the bibliometrics employing a cluster analysis of an interrater agreement statistic. Thirdly, we present a visualization of the consistency of the grading by journal. Finally, we list those journals where the majority of the matched bibliometrics indicate a higher or lower grade than their ABDC grade.

Keywords: Academic Journal Quality Guide, cluster analysis, grade distributions, heat‐maps, journal lists, multi‐bibliometric analysis, research productivity measurement

Suggested Citation

Hirschberg, Joseph G. and Lye, Jeanette Ngaire, Grading Journals in Economics: The ABCS of the ABDC (September 1, 2020). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 34, Issue 4, pp. 876-921, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3684611 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12369

Joseph G. Hirschberg (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Victoria 3010, 3010
Australia

Jeanette Ngaire Lye

University of Melbourne

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, 3053
Australia

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