A Simple Journal Ranking Tactic to Address Coercive Citation and Discipline-Specific Citation Density in Academic Business Journals; should a journal in a discipline be judged relative to the prowe…

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This paper describes a flexible way to unify the many disparate citation-based journal ranking metrics commonly used to assess the relative merit of academic business journals. The guiding principle for the proposed approach is the simple and intuitively appealing idea that a journal in a given discipline should be judged relative to the prowess of the top journal(s) in its discipline. This ratio approach functions as a hybrid of the stated preference and revealed preference journal ranking ideologies, and accordingly offers several far reaching advantages, among them the ability to map all citation-based journal metrics to the zero-one interval, hence normalizing inter-metric and cross-disciplinary journal comparisons. The ratio approach also accounts for citation density across business fields and mitigates the effects of coercive citation, which can undermine cross-discipline journal comparisons if left unchecked.

The author: “The simple logic of the ratio approach embodied in the paper’s core proposition is that a researcher’s output should be judged relative to the best journals in his or her discipline. Operationalizing this logic permits all citation-based journals metrics to be mapped to the zero-one interval, which normalizes inter-metric and cross-discipline comparisons, and reduces the concern that coercive citation will give one discipline’s research output an advantage over another. The subjective selection of the denominating journal(s) means the ratio approach is a de facto hybrid of the stated and revealed preference journal ranking ideologies. As such, the ratio approach aligns the strengths of each to form a unified approach to the practice of journal ranking.”


Haley, M. Ryan, A Simple Journal Ranking Tactic to Address Coercive Citation and Discipline-Specific Citation Density in Academic Business Journals (February 4, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2211804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2211804



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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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