New Journal Ranking Metrics

This has been out for some time, but in case you haven’t seen it, Google Scholar now provides a ranking of journal outlets based on Google Scholar Citation counts. The ranking covers Google Scholar citation counts from 2007 to 2011.  The list of the top 100 journals in English can be found here.  A discussion of how they compute their rankings can be found here.

So how can this be useful?  I would venture that most accounting academics have pretty set opinions of journal quality.  Nevertheless, this can help reveal interesting differences from preconceived notions.  I won’t give an example, but you may be interested to see the rankings of journals that include the word “accounting” in the journal title (see here).  As you prepare a promotion packet, this is one more source to help justify to non-accounting colleagues the quality of certain journal outlets.  Also, this can be useful to find journals in areas for which you are not as familiar.  If you have other ideas for how this data may be useful, please leave them in the comments.