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What are the Top Five Journals in Economics? A New Meta–ranking

Bornmann, Lutz and Butz, Alexander and Wohlrabe, Klaus (2017): What are the Top Five Journals in Economics? A New Meta–ranking.

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Abstract

We construct a meta–ranking of 277 economics journals based on 22 different rankings. The ranking incorporates bibliometric measures from four different databases (Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and RePEc). We account for the different scaling of all bibliometric measures by standardizing each ranking score. We run a principal component analysis to assign weights to each ranking. In our meta–ranking the top five journals are given by: Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), Journal of Finance, and Econometrica. Additionally, leaving out the JEL as a survey journal and the finance journals in our top 10 we confirm the perceived top-5 journals in the economics profession.

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