Journal Quality List

Compiled and edited by Prof. Anne-Wil Harzing

52nd Edition, 11 February 2014

Please note: The 48th edition was recalled, because a sorting error resulted in inaccurate entries for the Cranfield and Aeres rankings. Please destroy any versions of the 48th edition.

Introduction

The Journal Quality List is a collation of journal rankings from a variety of sources. It is published primarily to assist academics to target papers at journals of an appropriate standard. We would be concerned if the list were used for staff evaluation purposes in a mechanistic way.

The list was originally collated while the editor was associated with the Bradford University School of Management (1997-2001). Since then, the list has been updated and extended periodically to keep it current.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the Journal Quality List, we recommend that it be checked before used extensively for evaluation purposes. The editor will not be held responsible for omissions or errors. The current version of the JQL contains 23 different rankings of 947 journals.

See also Frequently Asked Questions about the JQL.

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Permission to use or copy this list in its entirety is hereby granted, provided that all copies include the title page, copyright notice, and all explanatory notes. All other uses, copying, or other forms of reproduction are prohibited.

What's in the list

The Journal Quality List comprises academic journals in the following broad areas: Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management, and Marketing. Where available, the rankings for each journal from the following sources are included:

  • FNEGE (Foundation National pour l’Enseignement de la Gestion des Entreprises) 2013
  • ESSEC Business School Paris 2013
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 2013
  • Australian Business Deans Council 2013
  • Erasmus Research Institute of Management Journals Listing 2012
  • Cranfield University School of Management 2012
  • AERES (Agence d’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur) 2012
  • Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft 2011
  • University of Queensland 2011 (combined UQ and ERA ranking)
  • HEC Paris 2011
  • Danish Ministry ranking 2011
  • Financial Times 45 Ranking 2010
  • British Association of Business Schools (ABS) Ranking 2010
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien 2008
  • Aston University 2008
  • University of Queensland 2007
  • European Journal of Information Systems 2007 (with and without CI)
  • Theoharakis integrated ranking 2005
  • Hong Kong Baptist University School of Business 2005
  • British Journal of Management 2004
  • Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft 2003
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien 2001

Note - The editor regrets to inform users of the Journal Quality List that Thomson Scientific Inc. have requested removal of the Journal Impact Factor scores from the JQL. Please destroy any previous versions of the JQL in your possession. Thomson Scientific Inc. remind academics and universities that they do not permit any republication or re-use of their Impact Factor lists.

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Release history

Date Changes
11 Feb 2014 Updated CNRS ranking (CNRS 2013) to version 4.01; updated ESSEC Business School Paris rankings to its December 2013 edition.
10 Dec 2013 Update of the ABDC ranking to its November 2013 version.
5 July 2013 Updated FNEGE (Foundation National pour l’Enseignement de la Gestion des Entreprises) ranking to June 2013 version.
8 June 2013 Corrected problems with the Cranfield and Aeres rankings.
5 Feb 2013 Removed SMJ 1999 ranking, updated ESSEC ranking to 2012 version, updated Aeres ranking to 2012 version. Please note: The 48th edition was recalled, because a sorting error resulted in inaccurate entries for the Cranfield and Aeres rankings.
27 Aug 2012 Added new ranking from Danish ministry.
13 July 2012 Added new French ranking by HEC Paris.
1 Apr 2012 Added new French Ranking by FNEGE (Foundation National pour l’Enseignement de la Gestion des Entreprises).
5 Mar 2012 Updated Cranfield ranking to the 2012 ranking (9th edition).
1 Jan 2012 Updated ESSEC Business School Paris rankings to its 2011 edition.
16 Oct 2011 Added the updated CNRS ranking (CNRS 2011) to version 3.01.
20 Jul 2011 Added the new Erasmus Research Institute Ranking (EJL 2012).
17 Jun 2011 Updated the FT-40 list to the FT-45 list. Added the new UQ/ERA 2011 list.
23 Apr 2011 2011 update of the VHB list.
4 Feb 2011 Minor corrections to subject area and Cranfield ranking.
27 May 2010 Updated the Australian Business Deans Council, Association of Business Schools and ESSEC Business School Paris rankings to their 2010 editions. Added the AERES 2008 ranking.
6 Feb 2010 Minor corrections, updated the Cranfield ranking to the 2010 ranking (7th edition)
18 Dec 2009 Minor corrections to journal titles, classifications, rankings and the accompanying notes.
3 Jul 2009 Updated the CNRS ranking to the 2008 ranking (version 2.1) and the Cranfield ranking to the 2009 ranking (6th edition)
4 May 2009 Updated the Association of Business Schools 2008 ranking to the new 2009 ranking.
26 Sep 2008 Added the new VHB and Wien rankings; removed two old lists [University of Nottingham (Not95) and Virginia Commonwealth University (US98)].
31 May 2008 Added the Australian Business Deans Council 2008; Updated the Aston University journal ranking the Association of Business School to the March 2008 versions
28 Dec 2007 Minor corrections and additions to the CNRS ranking
19 Nov 2007 Replaced the 2004 CNRS ranking with its 2007 ranking
12 Sep 2007 Added the European Journal of Information Systems 2007 (Mingers & Harzing) ranking; removed some 80 journals that were no longer published and/or only had one or two very low rankings
23 Jul 2007 Replaced University of Queensland 2003 ranking with its 2007 ranking
5 Mar 2007 Added the new Association of Business School 2007 ranking to replace the Harvey-Morris Business Journals ranking
1 Feb 2007 Updated the Aston University journal ranking to the Oct. 2006 version
23 Nov 2006 Added the Erasmus ranking; removed two old lists [VSNU list (NL94) and the Bradford appendix to this list (Bfd97)]
12 Oct 2006 Added the Theoharakis ranking; updated Cranfield University School of Management ranking, added a range of real estate journals
6 Aug 2006 Updated Financial Times ranking
23 Jun 2006 Updated Aston University journal ranking
6 May 2006 Added the Harvey-Morris Business Journals ranking
7 Mar 2006 Updated Hong Kong Baptist University ranking
6 Jan 2006 Added CNRS ranking
4 Dec 2005 Minor corrections and reclassifications
12 Nov 2005 Added ESSEC Business School Paris ranking
23 Jul 2005 Updated Cranfield University School of Management ranking
28 Mar 2005 Removed SSCI impact scores
10 Jan 2005 Minor corrections and reclassifications
13 Nov 2004 Added VHB 2003 list; removed Lancaster 1994
11 Jul 2004 Added Cranfield University School of Management June 2004 ranking and Social Science Citation Index 2003 impact scores
9 Jun 2004 Added journal ranking based on UK RAE 2001
6 Apr 2004 Updated Aston University journal ranking
9 Jan 2004 Added University of Queensland journal ranking (100+ new journals)
26 Oct 2003 Minor additions and corrections
16 Jul 2003 Added Social Science Citation Index 2002 impact scores
15 Feb 2003 Added Social Science Citation Index 2001 impact scores
17 Nov 2002 Added ISSNs for all journals
2000-2002 Various earlier editions