Does the ABDC Journal Classification Create Unequal Opportunities for Accounting and Finance Researchers?

33 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2020

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Abe de Jong

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University; Monash University; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Chris Veld

Monash University

Date Written: March 27, 2020


The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) journal classification list uses a methodology where a committee of experts puts a specific percentage of journals in each discipline in a certain category (A*, A, B, or C). We study whether this approach creates unequal opportunities in favor of some field and against others. We analyze a number of factors, such as the number of journals in each category, the number of papers published per year, the number of authors per paper, and the number of academics in each discipline. We find that there are clearly more opportunities for Management and Economics academics and less for Finance, Marketing, Econometrics, and especially Accounting researchers. This finding applies to both the highest two categories (A* and A) combined and to the highest category (A*) considered on itself. The difference in opportunities seems to have slightly gone down in the 2019 list compared to the 2016 list. We also suggest a methodology for a level-playing field list for a new top category (A**).

Keywords: Academic journal rankings; journal classification; publishing opportunities

JEL Classification: G00

Suggested Citation

de Jong, Abe and Veld, Chris, Does the ABDC Journal Classification Create Unequal Opportunities for Accounting and Finance Researchers? (March 27, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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