How Robust are Journal Rankings Based on the Impact Factor? Evidence from the Economic Sciences

18 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2014

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Christian Seiler

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Klaus Wohlrabe

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: October 24, 2014

Abstract

It is well-known that the distribution of citations to articles in a journal is skewed. We ask whether journal rankings based on the impact factor are robust with respect to this fact. We exclude the most cited paper, the top 5 and 10 cited papers for 100 economics journals and recalculate the impact factor. Afterwards we compare the resulting rankings with the original ones from 2012. Our results show that the rankings are relatively robust. This holds both for the 2-year and the 5-year impact factor.

Keywords: impact factor, ranking, skewness, economics journals

JEL Classification: A120, A140

Suggested Citation

Seiler, Christian and Wohlrabe, Klaus, How Robust are Journal Rankings Based on the Impact Factor? Evidence from the Economic Sciences (October 24, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5036. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2519428

Christian Seiler (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Klaus Wohlrabe

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

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