Ranking Accounting Journals by Topical Area and Methodology

49 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2016 Last revised: 9 Nov 2017

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John A. Barrick

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

Nathan Mecham

University of Pittsburgh - University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, Students

Scott L. Summers

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

David A. Wood

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

Date Written: November 8, 2017

Abstract

This paper presents rankings of accounting journals disaggregated by topical area (AIS, audit, financial, managerial, tax, and other) and methodology (analytical, archival, experimental, and other). We find that only for the financial topical area and archival methodology does the traditional top-3 characterization of the best journals accurately describe which journals publish the most-cited work. For all other areas, including AIS, audit, managerial, tax, and other topics, and all other methodologies, including experimental, analytical, and other methodologies the top-3 characterization does not describe which journals publish the most cited work. For only analytical research does the traditional top-6 journal characterization accurately describe which journals publish the most-cited work. In AIS, the traditional top-3/6 journals are even less representative as only one traditional top-3 journal is listed among the 6 journals publishing the most cited AIS work and only three of the traditional top-6 journals are in this list. In addition to creating journal rankings using citations, we create rankings using a unique measure of the attention given by stakeholders outside of the academy. With this measure we find similar results; the traditional top journals are not publishing the articles that receive the most attention in some topical areas. The results call into question whether individuals and institutions should rely solely on the traditional top-3/6 journal lists for evaluating research productivity and impact.

Keywords: Journal Rankings, Topical Areas, Research Methodology

JEL Classification: M4, M40, M41, M42, M49

Suggested Citation

Barrick, John and Mecham, Nathan and Summers, Scott L. and Wood, David A., Ranking Accounting Journals by Topical Area and Methodology (November 8, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2848560 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2848560

John Barrick

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

Nathan Mecham

University of Pittsburgh - University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, Students ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Scott L. Summers

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

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David A. Wood (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

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United States
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