Form A: Review New Academic Journal


Form B: List Review Rating Downgrade


Form C: List Review Rating Upgrade


Form D: Change Field of Research Classification Submission

Current review

The public submission process is open from 1 May to 31 May.

For the purpose of the 2019 exercise, submission options are divided into four categories:

  1. Proposed new journal (Form A)
  2. Downgrade of existing ranked journal (Form B)
  3. Upgrade of existing ranked journal (Form C)
  4. Change of Field of Research (FoR) classification (Form D).

Submissions may only be made online. Those making submissions must provide their personal details, details of the journal(s) in question, and a written justification of no more than 250 words. All submissions are in a drop-down box format.

Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. All submissions will be considered only on the strict condition they will be made publicly available by the ABDC.

As in the 2013 and 2016 reviews, eligible submissions must emanate from ‘within’ Australia or New Zealand (ANZ) and come from one of three relevant stakeholder groups:

  • An official submission from a Business School/Faculty located in ANZ, or from a non-business school or faculty located in ANZ deemed to have a legitimate interest in the disciplines covered by the ABDC list.
  • A submission from a relevant Peak Body representing ANZ academics (where such a body is primarily located in ANZ).
  • A submission from an individual academic or groups of like-minded academics with formal affiliation(s) to a university/universities based in ANZ. Each signatory must have a relevant minimum of 0.4 FTE position.

The criteria ensure that the list serves the relevant academic needs in Australia and New Zealand and that the workload of each ranking panel is reasonable and manageable.

Please consult the FAQ page, Panel Terms of Reference, and list of review chairs and panellists for further information about the review.

2019 review dates

1 May — Public submissions open

31 May — Public submissions close

3 June – 30 August — Panels review submissions

31 August — All draft panel recommendations to ABDC Steering Group

13 September — ABDC releases draft Journal Ranking List

11 October — Deadline for feedback on draft Journal Ranking List

11 November — Panels submit recommendations to ABDC Steering Group, which consults with International Advisor

11 – 30 November

  • Steering Group submits draft final list to ABDC for approval
  • ABDC Executive Committee endorses the recommendations


In 2007, the ABDC decided that it would establish a Journal Quality List for the use of its members. The inaugural version of the ABDC Journal Quality List was released in 2008 and was later updated in 2010.

The 2010 ABDC list comprised 2,671 different journal titles with the distribution of ranks as follows:

A*: 5.5%
A: 19.5%
B: 27.6%
C: 47.4%.

In 2013, the ABDC undertook its third full Journal Ranking exercise with the revised list comprising 2,598 different journal titles, with the distribution of ranks as follows:

A*: 6.6%
A: 19.4%
B: 28.0%
C: 45.9%.

In 2016, the ABDC authorised an interim review of the Journal Quality List. It had a limited focus built around several narrowly defined terms of reference — inclusion of new business-relevant journals; removal of very low-quality journals, including predatory journals; switching of FoR assignment of a journal; and correction of factual errors in the ABDC database.

The methodology supporting future reviews of the Journal Quality List was assessed by Australian and international experts in 2018.

As with previous reviews, the 2019 review of the ABDC Journal Quality List invites public submissions to eight discipline panels that will rank academic journals across business-related fields.

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