Journal ranking should depend on the level of aggregation
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Journal ranking is becoming more important in assessing the quality of academic research. Several indices have been suggested for this purpose, typically on the basis of a citation graph between the journals. We follow an axiomatic approach and find an impossibility theorem: any self-consistent ranking method, which satisfies a natural monotonicity property, should depend on the level of aggregation. Our result presents a trade-off between two axiomatic properties and reveals a dilemma of aggregation. This contribution reinforces that scientometrics cannot be entirely based on the use of bibliometric indices.
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Date: 2019-04, Revised 2019-06
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