A New Method for Ranking Academic Journals in Accounting and Finance

University of Stirling Accounting, Finance and Law Working Paper No. 01/2005

39 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2005  

Vivien A. Beattie

Lancaster University - Management School

Alan Goodacre

University of Stirling - Department of Accounting and Finance

Date Written: March 2005

Abstract

Given the many and varied uses to which journal rankings are put, interest in ranking journal 'quality' is likely to persist. Unfortunately, existing methods of constructing such rankings all have inherent limitations. This paper proposes a new (complementary) approach, based on submissions to the most recent UK research assessment exercise (RAE 2001), which is not restricted to a pre-defined journal set and, importantly, is based on quality choice decisions driven by economic incentives. For three metrics, submissions to RAE 2001 are compared with the available set of publications to provide evidence on the perception of journal quality, a fourth metric is based on the overall RAE grades, and an overall ranking is produced.

Keywords: journal quality, journal rankings, research assessment exercise

JEL Classification: M40, G00, A00

Suggested Citation

Beattie, Vivien A. and Goodacre, Alan, A New Method for Ranking Academic Journals in Accounting and Finance (March 2005). University of Stirling Accounting, Finance and Law Working Paper No. 01/2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=685116 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.685116

Vivien Beattie

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

Bailrigg
Lancaster, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Alan Goodacre (Contact Author)

University of Stirling - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Stirling, FK9 4LA
United Kingdom
+44 1786 467291 (Phone)
+44 1786 467308 (Fax)

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