This article is dedicated in great respect and friendship to the memory of Mike Piette who co-authored our ranking of economics journals that was published in the Journal of Economic Literature in 1994. Mike died an untimely death in 2009 while engaged in a hobby he loved – flying. He was passionate about life generally and economics in particular. He was much loved and is much missed. Research assistance was provided by Nik Markopoulos, Nick Massoulli, David Wright, Tim Caine, Natasha Clark, and Josh Lewis. I especially appreciate the statistical assistance of Suman Majumdar and the constructive suggestions provided by Andrew Oswald and three anonymous reviewers. Responsibility for any errors is mine alone.
On the Use and Abuse of Economics Journal Rankings
Article first published online: 2 SEP 2013
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The Economic Journal
Volume 123, Issue 570, pages F223–F254, August 2013
How to Cite
Laband, D. N. (2013), On the Use and Abuse of Economics Journal Rankings. The Economic Journal, 123: F223–F254. doi: 10.1111/ecoj.12067
- Issue published online: 2 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 2 SEP 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 1 JUL 2013 08:32AM EST
There are several aspects of journal-level citations that, taken together, provide considerably more information than mean citations per article. This information is likely to be more useful, in terms of helping someone form more accurate expectations of the quality of a given article published in a journal, than the information provided by mean citations per article only. I provide data that both illustrate this point and offer a range of information about the citations to papers published in 248 economics journals during the period 2001–5.