Saturday, 20 September 2008

Journal Rankings - what are they good for?

Journal Rankings may not be a good indicator of the quality of individual contributions. This is the conclusion of Professor Ray Paul, RAE Panel member for Business and Management Studies and Library and Information Management, in a forthcoming article for the European Journal of Information Systems (Paul 2008).

One major conclusion appears to be that journal rankings are not a good indicator of the quality of any paper published in that journal, nor necessarily of the combined quality of all the papers.

Professor Paul, makes the point that Universities who selected outputs for the RAE on the basis of Journal Rankings may be surprised by the outcomes of the RAE 2008 peer review process.


Extract from forthcoming article by Professor Ray Paul.

Times Higher Education Supplement article .


Corbyn, Z., 2008. RAE table will be shaken by use of journal rankings. Times Higher Education Supplement, 11 September. Available from: [Accessed 20 September 2008].

Paul, R., 2008. Measuring research quality: The United Kingdom Government’s Research Assessment Exercise. European Journal of Information Systems, 17 (4), 1-6. Available from: [Accessed 20 September 2008].

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