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An Elo Ranking for Economic Journals

Lehmann, Robert and Wohlrabe, Klaus (2017): An Elo Ranking for Economic Journals.

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Abstract

Rankings for sports such as chess or table tennis are based on the so called Elo rating system. In this paper we apply this rating system to rank economic journals. One main advantage of the Elo ranking compared to existing ones is its explicit consideration of a journal's performance path. Another advantage is the easy application of the system to any journal metric that is published on a regular basis. Our application is based on data from Web of Science that comprises the impact factors of 382 economic journals for the period from 1997 to 2016. The most recent Elo ranking is quite different for rather 'middle-class' journals. However, also some differences for the top 30 emerge.

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