I am grateful to the editor of this journal for an encouraging response to my submission and to two anonymous referees for detailed and highly useful comments. I am also grateful to Anne-Wil Harzing for providing the Publish or Perish program used to calculate the citation indices.
The demise of the ARC journal ranking scheme: an ex post analysis of the accounting and finance journals
Article first published online: 1 JUL 2011
© 2011 The Author. Accounting and Finance © 2011 AFAANZ
Accounting & Finance
Volume 51, Issue 3, pages 809–836, September 2011
How to Cite
Moosa, I. (2011), The demise of the ARC journal ranking scheme: an ex post analysis of the accounting and finance journals. Accounting & Finance, 51: 809–836. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-629X.2011.00432.x
- Issue published online: 1 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 1 JUL 2011
- Received 23 February 2011; accepted 17 June 2011 by Robert Faff (Editor).
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The recent abolition of the ARC journal ranking scheme is indicative of some problematical features of journal ranking in general and the ARC scheme in particular. An alternative citation-based ranking scheme is applied to the accounting and finance journals to highlight some loopholes in the abandoned ARC scheme and provide some suggestions for how to proceed with ERA 2012. By re-ranking journals according to their citation indices, it is demonstrated that the ARC ranking placed a large number of journals where they do not belong. As a result, the ARC scheme induced some adverse behavioural changes with respect to preferred publication outlets.