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Grading Journals in Economics: The ABCs of the ABDC

Joseph Hirschberg () and Jeanette Lye ()

Department of Economics - Working Papers Series from The University of Melbourne

Abstract: The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) have graded journals in the fields of Economics and Statistics to evaluate the quality of research. This paper examines the consistency of these grades with 44 bibliometric indicators of journal quality and measures of interrater agreement. First, we categorise the bibliometrics employing a unique cluster analysis based on an interrater agreement statistic. Then, we determine which journals have been assigned ABDC grades that do not reflect the rank of the bibliometrics. These cases provide an indication of the extent to which the ABDC journal grades are determined by non-bibliometric factors.

Keywords: Hirsch index; citation count; impact factor; downloads; Euclidian citation score; Altmetrics; interrater agreement statistics; cluster analysis; heatmaps. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C49 O30 Y10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-08
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