The journal rankings based on articles published in 2013 are now available. (Update Nov 2014 – The EAJG (ABS) journal quality guide is now not expected until early 2015 – details below)
The best known journal rankings are the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Thomson Reuters. These are not available for free – staff and students from University of Manchester have access through our Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) subscription.
Select the Journal Citation Reports link or select Web of Science and then the Journal Citation Reports tab. Once at the JCR home page select the Journals by Rank tab.
The primary variable calculated by JCR is the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). The new interface also offers a journal connection visualization.
The above screenshot is for Incites Journal Citation Reports – year 2013; category business, finance; and edition SSCI;
For more information – Journal Citation Reports Data Release 2014 (JCR 2013 data)
The SJR SCImago Journal and Country Rank – Journal Ranking, based on Scopus data, now have 2013 as their latest year.
The SJR indicator, developed by SCImago, is not as well know as the JIF factor from the Journal Citation Reports. However the metrics are freely available – they are based on Scopus rather than ISI Web of Science so more business and management journals are covered, and more business and management subject categories.
The screenshot below shows results for the subject area Business, Management and Accounting. There is a category Marketing in this subject area (see Journal ranking – marketing posted August 2012). The subject category Finance is in the separate subject area Economics, Econometrics and Finance.
The CWTS Journal Indicators are also based on Scopus data, and again 2013 is now the latest year available.
Google Scholar Metrics currently covers articles published between 2009 and 2013 (both inclusive) and are based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar in June 2014. (details available via the learn more link)
Google Scholar does not appear to make historical metrics available.
There is an example screenshot in the Journal Ranking – August 2013 update post.
The EAJG (ABS) journal quality guide – ABS (the Association of Business Schools) Academic Journal Guide 2015 is now located at www.bizschooljournals.com [Updated 28 Feb 2015]
Thanks to the Academic Trends & Innovation blog for the latest JCR released post – a reminder that the Journal Citation Reports (2014 edition) is now available.
For information on the journal rankings including 2013 data see Journal ranking – August 2104 update.
Revised information below in the replacement for the ABS journal quality guide due out later in 2014. (Update 12 March 2014)
The SJR SCImago Journal and Country Rank – Journal Ranking, based on Scopus data, now have 2012 as their latest year.
The SJR indicator, developed by SCImago, is not as well know as the JCR (Journal Citation Reports), including JIF (Journal Impact Factor), from ISI Web of Knowledge. However the metrics are based on Scopus rather than ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) so more business and management journals are covered, and more business and management subject categories.
The screenshot below shows results for the subject category Accounting from the subject area Business, Management and Accounting. There is also a category Marketing in this subject area (see Journal ranking – marketing posted August 2012). The subject category Finance is in the separate subject area Economics, Econometrics and Finance.
Another major advantage is that the SJR SCImago Journal and Country Rank – Journal Ranking portal is available online – there is no requirement for a Scopus subscription.
Note the number format in the portal – the standard UK format would have the SJR value for the Journal of Finance written as 14.465 (fourteen point …) and the total references as 2,957 (two thousand, nine hundred …)
The CWTS Journal Indicators are also based on Scopus data, and 2012 is now the latest available. CWTS provide the SNIP indicator (source normalized impact per paper) that corrects for differences in citation practices between different scientific fields.
Other journal rankings
Journal ranking – 2012 JCR – (posted June 2103) the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) Journal Citation Reports – latest year 2012.
Google Scholar Metrics – 2013 version see Journal ranking – August 2013 update
ABS Journal Quality Guide – The Association of Business Schools (ABS) have created the EAJG to produce the International Guide to Academic Journal Quality, building on the success of the earlier ABS Journal Quality Guide. The new ABS (the Association of Business Schools) Academic Journal Guide 2015 is available at http://www.bizschooljournals.com – you have to register first and then view the guide online [Updated 28 Feb 2015]
You hear about the book Initial Public Offerings: The mechanics and performance of IPOs and decide that you want to know more about the research of the author Prof. Arif Khurshed, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.
You could also do a search in the University of Manchester institutional repository eScholar.
- Manchester eScholar search for Khurshed, Arif (opens in new window)
There are a number of advantages to using eScholar.
- more options for refining your search
- links to get more details on Arif Khurshed’s publications
- recent theses that he has supervised.
The main disadvantage to Manchester eScholar is that it is a relatively new service, officially launched in April 2009, so may have limited information on publications before this date.
After reading the MBS news Gary Davies takes Tesco Professorship you could lookup Prof. Davies academic publications in Scopus.
Perform an author search – surname Davies and organisation Manchester Business School
Select the link to see all the author’s documents in Scopus
(You might want to refine your search – for example, affiliation Manchester Business School OR University of Manchester )
One popular feature of Scopus is that you can order results in terms of “Cited by” so you can start your browsing with those articles that are most cited (by other papers within Scopus). Remember that this will be biased in terms of older articles that have had longer to be cited.
When you find someone of particular relevance to your research area then you might want to investigate keeping up to date services.
Obviously if you are researching an academic researcher not at the University of Manchester then you will have to look for their institutional repository, which may vary in some features from Manchester eScholar.
Update 28 Feb 2015 – The ABS (the Association of Business Schools) Academic Journal Guide 2015 is now located at www.bizschooljournals.com – its objective is to provide a “wide authoritative guide to journal quality in the broadly defined field of business and management”. The previous guide “2009 version 3” , then called the ABS Journal Quality Guide, is no longer available from www.bizschooljournals.com archive page. According to a July 2013 press release the new guide was planned to be available late 2014 but then delayed until February 2015. [end Update 28 Feb 2015]
As posted earlier – Journal ranking – 2012 JCR – the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) Journal Citation Reports for 2012 are now available. From Google Scholar Metrics post on INSEAD’s Academic Trends and Innovation blog. The 2013 version of Google Scholar Metrics was released on July 24, 2013. It covers articles published between 2008 and 2012.
‘Scholar Metrics currently cover articles published between 2008 and 2012, both inclusive. The metrics are based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar in July 2013. This also includes citations from articles that are not themselves covered by Scholar Metrics.’
The SJR SCImago Journal and Country Rank – Journal Ranking, based on Scopus data, still have 2011 as their latest year. The CWTS Journal Indicators are also based on Scopus data, and again 2011 is the latest available.
CWTS Journal Indicators provides free access to bibliometric indicators on scientific journals. The indicators have been calculated by Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) based on the Scopus bibliographic database produced by Elsevier. Indicators are available for over 20,000 journals indexed in the Scopus database.
www.journalindicators.com [Accessed 13 August 2013] Related information
The journal ranking data for 2012 is the latest available. Like previous years, the Journal Citation Reports (2012), including Impact Factors 2012, became available around the end of June 2013 – see journal rankings – 2012 JCR.
Using Marketing as an example:
ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide (last updated Nov 2010) has a Marketing section with five journals identified as “grade four” (the highest)
- Journal of Marketing (ISSN 0022-2429)
- Journal of Marketing Research (ISSN 0022-2437)
- Journal of Consumer Research (ISSN 0093-5301)
- Marketing Science (ISSN 0732-2399)
- Journal of Retailing (ISSN 0022-4359)
SJR SCImago Journal and Country Rank – Journal Ranking:
Area Business, Management and Accounting, Category Marketing, Country All, Order by H Index, Year 2011 (based in Scopus data) gives the following first five
- Journal of Marketing (ISSN – 00222429)
- Administrative Science Quarterly (ISSN – 00018392)
- Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (ISSN – 00920703)
- Journal of Marketing Research (ISSN – 00222437)
- Journal of Consumer Research (ISSN – 00935301)
The ISI Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports (2011 JCR Social Science Edition) do not have marketing as a separate category, but Journal of Marketing, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Retailing and Journal of Marketing Research are all in the top 20 for subject category Business ranked by Impact Factor.
Also from Journal Citation Reports (2011) Top 10 journals in Management, Finance and Economics from INSEAD blog.
Eigenfactor claims to rank journals in a similar way to Google ranking websites.
- Eigenfactor ranking for ISI category Business – there is no marketing category but several marketing journals are at the top of this category.
See also previous post – Journal Rankings https://bizlib247.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/journal-rankings/ (Oct 2010)
In researching a topic it is often very useful to find articles that have cited an article of particular interest. There are two library databases with good support for this cited reference searching: Web of Knowledge (aka Web of Science) and Scopus. Taking an example:
Mouzas, S., Henneberg, S., and Naude, P. (2007) Trust and reliance in business relationships. European Journal of Marketing, 41 (9-10), 1016-1032.
Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) shows that this article has been cited by 12 articles that are themselves covered by Web of Science.
It also offers the chance to look for related articles – those that are similar to this one because of the references they share.
These features can be used to trace the development of research ideas through shared references and reference chains: paperA cited_by paperB cited_by paperC cited_by …
Note: Web of Knowledge does not give direct access to full-text but these are mostly easily reachable through the purple FindIt@UML links.
Scopus shows that this article has been cited by 17 articles that are covered by Scopus. The details are in the Cited by since 1996 section on the right hand side.
Like Web of Knowledge, Scopus also offers links to related documents based on the references they share and access to full text through the purple FindIt@UML links. Both databases also offer the chance to setup an alert when a particular article is cited by another in the database.
Google scholar will give an even greater number of cited by resources – 39 for this example. This is because Google scholar will include everything where it can find the full text or bibliometric information on the web – articles, books, conference papers, working papers, reports, theses. In contrast Web of Knowledge and Scopus only include cited by from respected academic publications that qualify for inclusion in the respective database.
Finally I must acknowledge Dave Hirst’s post on the Everything Engineering blog that partly inspired this one – How to track the citations? Web of Science versus Google Scholar.
The following graphic from JISC-ADAT (Academic Database Assesment Tool) illustrates why there is no definitive answer to questions like:
- Is ABI Inform (Proquest) or Business Source Premier (EBSCO) better?
The ADAT screenshot below shows the results of comparing:
- ABI Inform (Proquest) – over 3000 business and management publications – many in full-text
- Business Source Premier (EBSCO) – over 6000 business publications – many in full-text
- Scopus – over 18,000 top journals (all subjects) bibliographic information only
Comparing ABI Inform and Business Source Premier: While there is an overlap between these two, searching just one of these databases will ignore a large number of publications/titles that is available in the other.
Comparing ABI Inform, Business Source Premier and Scopus: Most top academic journals are covered by Scopus, but these are just part of what is available through ABI Inform and Business Source Premier. Even considering just the publications/titles covered by Scopus, only about half of the titles are covered by both ABI Inform and Business Source Premier.
It is best to explore different journal databases – you will probably find what is best depends on the type of results you are seeking.