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Ranking journals using social choice theory methods: A novel approach in bibliometrics

Andrey Subochev (), Fuad Aleskerov () and Vladimir Pislyakov

Journal of Informetrics, 2018, vol. 12, issue 2, 416-429

Abstract: We use data on economic, management and political science journals to produce quantitative estimates of (in)consistency of the evaluations based on six popular bibliometric indicators (impact factor, 5-year impact factor, immediacy index, article influence score, SNIP and SJR). We advocate a new approach to the aggregation of journal rankings. Since the rank aggregation is a multicriteria decision problem, ranking methods from social choice theory may solve it. We apply either a direct ranking method based on the majority rule (the Copeland rule, the Markovian method) or a sorting procedure based on a tournament solution, such as the uncovered set and the minimal externally stable set. We demonstrate that the aggregate rankings reduce the number of contradictions and represent the set of the single-indicator-based rankings better than any of the six rankings themselves.

Keywords: Social choice; Rank aggregation; Majority rule; Ordinal method; Copeland rule; Tournament solution; Externally stable; Multiple criteria; Impact factor; SNIP; SJR (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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