66th edition of the Journal Quality List on-line

New version of the Journal Quality List with 2019 ABDC update


The latest version of the Journal Quality List is now available. The Journal Quality List is a collation of journal rankings from a variety of sources. The current version of the JQL contains 13 different rankings of nearly 950 journals. It contains academic journals in the following broad areas: Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management, and Marketing. The 66th edition of the JQL updates the ABDC ranking to its December 2019 edition. 

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Rankings of a variety of countries included

Where available, the rankings for each journal from the following sources are included:

  • Australian Business Deans Council 2019
  • FNEGE (Foundation National pour l’Enseignement de la Gestion des Entreprises) June 2019
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique June 2019
  • British Association of Business Schools (ABS) Ranking 2018
  • HCRES (Haut conseil de l’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur) 2018
  • Danish Ministry ranking 2017
  • Financial Times 50 Ranking 2016
  • Erasmus Research Institute of Management Journals Listing 2016
  • Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft 2015
  • University of Queensland 2011 (combined UQ and ERA ranking)
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien 2008
  • European Journal of Information Systems 2007 (with and without CI)

Addition and removal of journals in the 66th edition

The 2019 ABDC ranking added no less than 157 new journals through a rigorous vetting process. New ABDC journals that were deemed to be suffiiciently close to the Business & Economics field and were ranked A* or A in the ABDC ranking were added to the JQL. This resulted in about 40 new entries.

The 2019 ABDC ranking also removed quite a few journals that no longer met the quality threshold, ceased operation or were no longer deemed to be sufficiently business focused. Most of these journals had never been in included in the JQL in the first place as they didn't meet the threshold criteria. However, about a dozen journals had been listed in the JQL. Removal of their ABDC ranking meant that some journals in the JQL were now ranked on only a few rankings. In many cases their remaining ranks were also very low. This wasn’t deemed consistent with the JQL policy that new journals are only added if they are ranked in the top (two) ranks on at least one of the constituent rankings.

The editor therefore decided to remove some 15 journals that:

  • were not ranked in the top (two) ranks of at least one of the constituent rankings and
  • were not ranked at all on either of the two most-used rankings [ABDC and ABS].

This means that if journals currently on the JQL are ranked on either the ABDC or the ABS list they remain listed on the JQL even if they have a lower rank than would be needed to enter the JQL. Given the number of academics relying on the JQL for continuity this was deemed an appropriate level of conservatism in terms of removing journals.

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