Journal rankings in the search tool below are current to 6 December 2019, with minor textual corrections. You can download a copy of the complete list through the search tool, or by clicking here.

Update: Review of JQL Frequency, Methodology, and Scope

24 May 2021

The Review of JQL Frequency, Methodology and Scope will open with the release of a consultation paper on 18 June 2021. Please click here to download a copy of the Terms of Reference for the review.

Submissions will be invited from stakeholders in the academy, publishers, and other interested parties. Submissions will be limited to 300 words per question. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted.

The 2021 review will disregard submissions that:

  • Propose changes to the 2019 JQL or seek to contest or recontest ratings under the 2019 JQL.
  • Propose revised journal ratings, new outlets, or removal of specific outlets in any future review.
  • Engage in any commentary directed at individuals involved in, or the process surrounding, previous JQL exercises.

BARDsNet Chair, Professor Andrew O’Neil

Announcement: 2019 ABDC JQL and report

6 December 2019

Here is the 2019 Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List and its accompanying Report.

The 2019 List follows an extensive review conducted by Expert Panels, which assessed journals relating to Business and Taxation Law; Economics; Finance including Actuarial Studies; Information Systems; Management, Commercial Services and Transport and Logistics; Marketing and Tourism; and other areas.

We wish to thank the seven Panel Chairs for their outstanding leadership, the Panel members for their significant work, and the members of the ABDC Steering Group for their important input during the review process.

The 2019 List endorses 2,682 journal entries with the following classifications:
A* 7.41% (199)
A 24.27% (651)
B 31.69% (850)
C 36.61% (982)

It includes 144 upgrades; 17 downgrades; the addition of 157 new journals; and the removal of 241 journals.

In 2019, for the first time in the history of the ABDC Journal Quality List, the number of journals removed from the List has exceeded the number added.

The removal of 241 journals from the previous (2016) ABDC List is the result of a careful focus to ensure that the 2019 List reflects currency and continues to assist business researchers to target appropriate, quality outlets for their work.

All journals on the List must meet the substantive business element test and fall within relevant Australia and New Zealand Fields of Research (FoR) codes.

It is just over a decade since we launched the Journal Quality List and so, in the second half of 2020, ABDC will be calling for feedback from key stakeholders as part of a review into the List’s frequency, methodology, and scope.

ABDC President, Professor David Grant


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