Journal Quality Evaluation
For academic writing, students are recommended to use scientific research literature to support their argumentation. If you have found a relevant article, you may want to find out whether the publishing journal is a quality publication. Journal quality evaluation is also important for researchers in need of identifying relevant journals to publish in.
Is this an academic journal?
Scientific journals are referee journals, i.e. practising peer review. When evaluating a journal's quality, lean on authorized resources in the field, by checking the following:
- Is the journal included in the Norwegian list of authorised scientific publishing channels?
- Is the journal included in the database Web of Science? Journals indexed in this database have been through a strict selection process of academic quality criteria.
- If the journal is Open Access, the same quality criteria apply. In addition, check Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), where only quality approved journals are included.
Avoid predatory journals. See UiO recommendations
- The list of authorised scientific publishing channels in Norway - published by the Norwegian Center for Research Data. Journals in this list are assigned a quality level of either 1 or 2, where 2 is the best.
- FT's list of journals - 50 top journals selected by Financial Times in their MBA business school ranking (alphabethically listed, not ranked).
- Academic Journal Guide ("the ABS-list") - published by the Association of Business Schools (UK). The ranking is based on peer reviews, citation data and expert panel evaluations. Scale: 1-4*, where 4* is the best. To obtain access you must register (at no cost).
- ABDC Journal Quality List - published by the Australian Business Dean’s Council. The ranking is based on expert panel evaluations, and qualitative and quantitative information. Scale: C - A*, where A* is the best.
- Journal Citation Reports - Web of Science is the data source (published by Clarivate Analytics). Journal impact factor and other evaluation indicators based on citation data) The journals are ranked within subject categories.
- SCImago Journal and Country Rank: Evaluation indicators based on citation data in the Scopus database (Elsevier)
- Journal Quality List – journal ranking lists from several organizations, compiled by Anne-Wil Harzing, Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London