Frequently Asked Questions about the JQL

[Q001] How do I submit a journal for inclusion in the JQL?

The JQL is a collation of published lists or journal ranking lists from various universities. I do not personally have any influence or input on the inclusion of individual journals.

All the lists in my JQL are based on the opinions of a wide range of experts. If the journal in question is a high-quality journal it will eventually be picked up by these lists. If you do feel strongly about this, I suggest you contact the universities that have published these lists.

[Q002] How do I change the ranking of a journal in the JQL?

The JQL is a collation of published lists or journal ranking lists from various universities. I do not personally have any influence or input on the rankings of individual journals.

I cannot just change the ranking of a journal based on feedback from individuals, even if they are the editor or publisher of the journal in question. First, this would unleash hundreds of requests to do so. And second, I don't think it is a good idea for an individual academic to provide a quality rating for a journal.

All the lists in my JQL are based on the opinions of a wide range of experts. If the journal in question is a high-quality journal it will eventually be picked up by these lists. If you do feel strongly about this, I suggest you contact the universities that have published these lists directly.

Another way that might help to improve the ranking is to request ISI listing as ISI listed journals generally tend to be higher ranked. You can also use my free Publish or Perish programme to check the journal's citations in Google Scholar.

[Q003] Can you provide me with the JQL in editable format?

Unfortunately, I cannot send you the JQL in editable format. I don't mind at all that other people benefit from my work; my whole website is based on that premise.

However, a lot of universities and academics have asked me the same question. I receive several of these requests every month. While I do not doubt the integrity of any of them, once electronic editable versions of the list start to circulate it becomes very difficult to prevent misuse. So I have to say no to everyone. I am sure you'll understand.

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