Making a submission to the 2019 ABDC Journal Quality List Review

How do I make a submission to add or remove a journal or to change a rating of a listed journal?

Submissions can be made at the ABDC website.

In the 2019 review, 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 classification — Form D

NB: Eligible submissions must come from Australia or New Zealand (ANZ). This means that the primary submitter must come from one of three relevant stakeholder groups:

  1. 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 Journal Quality List.
  2. A relevant Peak Body representing ANZ academics (where such a body is located in ANZ).
  3. 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.
If I send an email or write a letter will it be considered as a submission?

No — for a submission to be considered by the review panels it must be made online through the appropriate form for the submission type. In 2019, submissions will be accepted across 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 classification — Form D

To successfully submit a form, a response is required for all questions in the form.

If you have issues successfully submitting a form, please email journals@abdc.edu.au outlining any error messages you have received.

Who can make a submission

Submissions must ‘emanate’ from Australia or New Zealand (ANZ). What does this mean?

To make an eligible submission, it must emanate, or come from ANZ. This means that the primary submitter must be a representative of one of three relevant stakeholder groups:

  1. 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 Journal Quality List.
  2. A relevant Peak Body representing ANZ academics (where such a body is located in ANZ).
  3. 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.

An eligible submission may contain letters of support or recommendation from international scholars; however, they must be truly eminent scholars in the field. Supporting letters may be attached as appendices to any of the four online submission forms for the 2019 Journal Quality List review.

Why must review submissions emanate from Australia or New Zealand (ANZ) to be considered?

The main purpose of the ABDC Journal Quality List is to serve the interests and needs of ABDC members and the business-related academic community located in ANZ.

In developing and subsequently reviewing the list the ABDC has taken account of considerations relevant to the ANZ business-related academic community that may or not be relevant in other country settings.

For this reason, we require that the primary submitter be a member of one of the following ANZ stakeholder groups:

  1. 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 Journal Quality List.
  2. A relevant Peak Body representing ANZ academics (where such a body is located in ANZ).
  3. 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.
I am a journal editor or publisher. Can I make a submission on my publication’s behalf?

ABDC notes that you may alert relevant stakeholder groups to make a submission on behalf of your publication. A relevant stakeholder is:

  1. 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 Journal Quality List.
  2. A relevant Peak Body representing ANZ academics (where such a body is located in ANZ).
  3. 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.

Making a submission

The submission form lists nine (9) appendices: do I have to provide all nine of these to make a complete submission?

No, your submission may contain as many of the nine appendices as you and your colleagues deem relevant. All compulsory questions are marked in the form with a red asterisk *.

What is meant by the substantive business element test?

This is explained in the terms of reference for the review panels. Relevantly, these state:

In the submission process, this [the substantive business element] will need to be evidenced by >50% of articles over three years written by business faculty, or >50% of articles over three years being of a business nature.

Can I combine appendices in my submission?

ABDC advises against this, as it alters the data that is collected about the submissions and increases the administration required of panel members that review submissions.

Current journal quality list

If a journal already appears on the ABDC Journal Quality List does a submission have to be made for it to be ranked in the 2019 list?

Not necessarily — the current ABDC Journal Quality List will form the basis for review panel deliberations. This list is accepted as a strong foundation on which to build.

To make a case for the panels to consider downgrading or upgrading a journal ranking, you must submit Form B or Form C.

Are reviews intended to update the existing list or to develop a new list?

For the purpose of the 2019 review, the 2016 interim list is accepted as a strong foundation on which to build. Ratings assigned to journals in the 2016 list are widely regarded as having a high degree of credibility. The review process should be used to enhance the credibility of the ABDC’s Journal Ranking List and not undermine it.

About the ABDC Journal Quality Review panels

Where can I find information about the ABDC Journal Quality List review panels?

To view information about the 2019 panels for the ABDC Journal Quality List review, please click here.

To download a copy of the terms of reference for review panels, please click here.

Technical issues

I have received an error message when sending an online submission form, what should I do?

If you have issues successfully submitting a form, please email journals@abdc.edu.au outlining any error messages you received.

General

How do I correct factual information about a journal on the ABDC Journal Quality List?

Please email journals@abdc.edu.au with the journal title in the subject heading and the request in the main body of the email.

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