Journal ratings and the publications of Australian academics

Brian Hemmings, Russell Kay

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Journal ranking systems are becoming more commonplace and receiving increasedattention from academics and their senior managers. The study reported below wasdesigned to examine the relationship between particular background factors (e.g.,gender and qualifications) of academics and the rankings of what they perceived astheir most significant refereed journal publication. Survey data were gathered fromacademics employed at two Australian universities and these data were analysedusing a variety of nonparametric statistical procedures. The results demonstrated that:1) less than half of these academics nominated a publication ranked in the top 20% ofjournals in their respective field of research; 2) academics who had published greaternumbers of journal articles were more likely to have higher rated publications; 3)more senior academics were more likely to publish in the higher-rated journals thantheir junior counterparts; and, 4) academics with doctorates were much more likely toidentify an article published in the highest rated journals. The implications of theseresults for higher education practice are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-243
Number of pages10
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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