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How Do I Find Business Journal Rankings?

Sources and sites that rank or rate journals in business fields of study.

General Info on Journal Rankings & Metrics

Understanding Scholarly Metrics (PDF) by CRKN (Canadian Research Knowlege Network)

Impact Metrics (PDF) - Information Brief by OCULA (Ontario College and University Library Association)

Making an Impact: Tracking Your Research Metrics (Health Sciences Library, McMaster University)

Bibliometrics & Measuring Research Output (University of Waterloo)

Journal Ranking (Wikipedia)

Journal Rankings from Bibliometrics and Altmetrics: Measuring the Impact of Knowledge (University of Baltimore)

Assessing Journal Quality (Boston College Libraries)

Identifying Appropriate Journals for Publication (University of Alberta Libraries)

Scholarly Communication Toolkit  (ACRL) - Evaluating Journals | Measuring Impact (Association of College & Research Libraries)

How to Avoid Predatory Publishers and Conferences (McMaster Libraries)

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Business Journal Rankings

  • open accessABDC Journal Quality List (ABDC - Australian Business Deans Council)​
    The list is used as a guide by business schools around the world to assess the quality of the journals in which faculty members’ research is published. 
  • open accessAcademic Journal Guide (or AJG) - Free registration required (CABS - Chartered Association of Business Schools, United Kingdom)
    Published every three years, the AJG is a guide to the range, subject matter and relative quality of journals in which business and management academics publish their research. The latest guide (2021) includes a total of 1,703 journals. Search for specific journals by name or ISSN number, or browse by field. Click on the column headings to sort the tables by different data sets. 
  • McMaster Users Only DSB 45 Journals List - Accessible off-campus with McMaster's VPN + Remote Desktop
    A list of 45 journals identified by McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business (DSB).
  • open accessERIM Journals List (or EJL) (ERIM - Erasmus Research Institute of Management)
    Identifies some of the best journals in the field of management. Includes a journal list that covers the entire field of research in management and sublists for each of the domains represented in the ERIM research programs which include: Finance & Accounting; Logistics & Information Systems; Management General; Marketing; Organisation; Strategy & Entrepreneurship. 
  • open accessFT Top 50: Financial Times' Top 50 Journals Used in Business School Research Rankings (Financial Times)
    Lists the 50 journals used by the Financial Times (FT) in compiling the FT Research rank. Titles selected are based upon survey feedback from business schools participating in the Financial Times MBA, EMBA and Online MBA rankings
  • open accessGoogle Scholar Metrics (Google), 2022 version [new version usually released in June or July]
    Summarizes recent citations to many publications in several subject areas. Dates and citation counts are estimated and are determined automatically by a computer program.  Search for specific publications or browse the top publications in subject categories (e.g., Business, Economics & Management, Engineering & Computer Science) and subcategories (e.g., Accounting & Taxation, International Business, Marketing, Operations Research, etc.) Titles are ordered by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics (i.e., h5). Multi-disciplinary coverage.  
  • McMaster Users OnlyJournal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics), 1997 to the present
    Rankings are based on citation data drawn from the McMaster Users OnlyWeb of Science (WoS) database produced by Clarivate Analytics. Metrics include Journal Impact Factor (or JIF), Immediacy Index, Total Cites, Eigenfactor, Article Influence and more.  Search by journal name or browse journal rankings by name or by 230+ categories/subject areas (e.g., Business; Business, Finance; Economics; Management; Operations Research & Management Science). Multi-disciplinary coverage. 
  • open accessJournalGuide - select Business & Law category> Business subcategory (Research Square)
    A free tool that helps researchers evaluate scholarly journals. Search, filter, sort, and compare journals across all academic fields. Search journals by: Paper Match (i.e., using title and abstract keywords), Journal Name, Category or Publisher. ​Site uses the Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) as a measure of a journal’s impact. Multi-disciplinary coverage.  
  • open accessJournal Quality List (or JQL)  (
    The list brings together business journal rankings from a number of sources (some of which are included in this guide). The list covers academic journals in the broad areas of economics, finance, accounting, management, and marketing. 
  • open accessJournal Ranking Articles Published 1990-2009, by Discipline [archived link] (AACSB - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
    A list of articles concerning journal quality and rankings in business published between 1990 and 2009, including the source of the data (citation scores, opinion surveys, etc.)  Articles are organized into the following categories: accounting, economics,  entrepreneurship, finance, international business,  management, management information systems,  marketing and operations management. To access the full-text of articles in the list, search for the article title and/or journal title in Omni.
  • open accessJournal Rankings in Business [archived link] (C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library, Western University, Canada)
    A list of articles about the ranking and rating of journals in the business fields of accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, management & information systems, and production/operations management. To access the full-text of articles in the list, search for the article title and/or journal title in Omni.
  • open accessSenior Scholars' Basket of Journals (AIS - Association for Information Systems)
    Identifies a "basket" of eleven journals as top journals in the field of IS or information systems. 
  • open accessSJR Scimago Journal Rankings (Scimago Lab and Scopus), 1999 to the present
    Rankings are based on citation data drawn from the McMaster Users OnlyScopus database produced by Elsevier. Metrics include SJR (SCImago Journal Rank), H-Index, Total Documents, Citable Documents, Total Cites, Cites per Document, Total References and more. Search by journal title, ISSN or publisher name (top right). Browse journal rankings in 27 subject areas (e.g., Business, Management and Accounting; Decision Sciences; Economics, Econometrics and Finance), over 300 subject categories (e.g., Marketing, Industrial Relations, etc.), several regions/countries (e.g., Canada, United States, etc.), and/or types (e.g. Journals, Trade Journals, etc.). Multi-disciplinary coverage.  
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