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.
The ISI Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports (2012 JCR Social Science Edition) is now available.
To access –
- goto ISI Web of Knowledge
- select Additional Resources and then Journal Citation Reports.
The screenshot below is of the 2102 JCR Social Science Edition for subject categories: Business AND Business, Finance AND Management sorted by Impact Factor.
The top three journals by impact factor are:
- Academy of Management Review
- Journal of Management
- Academy of Management Journal
Thanks to the Academic Trends and Innovation (INSEAD) blog for their post – Top 10 journals by impact factor – Latest JCR is released.
Recently “journal ranking 2012” has been a popular search term on Business Research Plus so many people will be glad that these are now available.
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.
Google Scholar is a quick and effective way of finding articles when doing a literature search. Getting to the full-text of the article can require a little work.
A search returns an interesting looking result
“Datastream Returns and UK Open Offers”
Does the University of Manchester library offer access to the full-text?
Google Scholar offers several versions:
- papers.ssrn.com – SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network) is a repository of working papers – you can get a version of the paper but this might not be exactly the same as in the European Journal of Finance
- kar.kent.ac.uk – Kent Academic Repository only gives access to the bibliographic details (including abstract)
- informaworld.com – informaword (Taylor and Francis Group) will give you access to full-text. You need to either be recognised as using a University of Manchester PC or logon to authenticate youself.
- ideas.repec.org – a bibliographic database so no access to full-text
- ingentaconnect.com – University of Manchester does not subscribe to this journal on ingentaconnect so even if you sign-in you will still be asked to pay for the full-text
- econpapers.repec.org – again bibliographic database so no full-text
There is not really an easy way of knowing which is the best link offered by Google Scholar to choose.
Using the journal title, The European Journal of Finance in this case, you can use the A-Z e-journal list to find details of the library’s subscription(s).
An alternative for academic journal articles is to try one of the bibliographic databases: ISI Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) or Scopus. Both of these include FindIt at JRUL links to help locate the full-text of articles.