The list below is provided as a resource to individuals interested in studying the ways in which journal quality and research productivity are measured. AACSB International does not endorse any ranking or index methodology, or the quality of any particular publication included therein.
Academic Articles on Journal Rankings, 1990–2009
A PDF listing academic articles concerning journal quality and journal rankings, compiled in part through a 2007–2008 study by Bruce Lewis on how AACSB member schools judge journal quality.
Association of Business Schools (ABS) Journal Quality Guide
Journal rankings based on the tiered lists from several schools that are members of the UK Association of Business Schools.
A journal whitelist containing over 4,500 journals (mostly U.S.-based) in the subject areas of accounting, economics and finance, management, and marketing.
Journal rankings based on citation networks, using Thomson’s Journal Citation Reports.
Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index
Offered by Academic Analytics, measures the annual productivity of faculty on several factors including publications (books and journal articles), citations of journal publications, federal research funding, and awards and honors. (Subscription required).
Foundation Nationale pour l'Enseignement de la Gestion des Entreprises (FNEGE)
The French National Foundation for Teaching Business Management publishes a ranking of academic journals in various business disciplines, including many that are published in English and/or in French. (Web page and ranking list are in French.)
Harzing.com Journal Quality List
Journal rankings from various schools and organizations, organized in the following broad fields: economics, finance, accounting, management, and marketing.
ISI Web of Knowledge Journal and Citation Reports
Citation reports and journal use reports, provided by Thomson Reuters.
Research database that allows the viewing of statistical information on popularity of journals in a given field, including most read authors, outlets, articles, etc. Mendeley provides users with real-time research trend statistics, personal research impact data, as well as the capability to discover one’s own research developments over time. Mobile apps for iPhone and iPad now available.
Metrics from Scholarly Usage of Resources (MESUR)
Provides articles, slides, and multimedia materials describing the MESUR methodology used to assess the top journals in a domain, according to a variety of different impact metrics.
Provides abstracts and citations from research literature and quality Web sources. Using this tool one can find how many citations an article or an author has received, as well as who cited the article. One also can analyze citations for a particular journal issue, volume, or year.
Social Science Citation Index, ABI/INFORM, and EBSCO
Subscription-based services that permit publication searching as well as provide data regarding citation rates.
Social Sciences Research Network
Publishes a searchable database of abstracts and working papers in a variety of business disciplines, with the goal of encouraging the early distribution of research results as a means of facilitating communication and collaboration among researchers. The network also publishes a ranking of the most downloaded articles and authors within each discipline.
University of Western Ontario Business Library
A comprehensive list of articles about the rating and ranking of journals in the various business disciplines.
Some countries have adopted formal methods of measuring research quality that guide funding allocation decisions, while others rate research in higher education institutions in the name of transparency and quality assurance:
Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States
This document and associated data tables, published by the U.S. National Academies Press, provide a dataset that can be used to assess the quality and effectiveness of doctoral programs based on measures important to faculty, students, administrators, funders, and other stakeholders. The data, collected for the 2005-2006 academic year from more than 5,000 doctoral programs at 212 universities, covers 62 fields, including business and management.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The United Kingdom's Research Excellence Framework (last undertaken in 2014) rates higher education institutions based on an assessment of the proportion of research activity (in specified subject areas) that attained national or international excellence. Rankings assist determinations of research funding allocations. The REF was formerly known as the 'Research Assessment Exercise'.
Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)
New Zealand’s Performance Based Research Fund was developed to encourage and reward excellent research at institutions of higher education. A majority (60 percent) of the research funding available through the PBRF is allocated according to a peer assessment of individual research performance, which rates individuals’ portfolios as having international, national, or local standing.