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Post-print of: Vanclay, JK 2011, 'An evaluation of the Australian Research Council's journal ranking', Journal of Infometrics, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 265-274.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2010.12.001

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Abstract

As part of its program of ‘Excellence in Research for Australia’ (ERA), the Australian Research Council ranked journals into four categories (A*, A, B, and C) in preparation for their performance evaluation of Australian universities. The ranking is important because it likely to have a major impact on publication choices and research dissemination in Australia. The ranking is problematic because it is evident that some disciplines have been treated very differently than others. This paper reveals weaknesses in the ERA journal ranking and highlights the poor correlation between ERA rankings and other acknowledged metrics of journal standing. It highlights the need for a reasonable representation of journals ranked as A* in each scientific discipline.

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Please note that the version of this document that has been uploaded to the SCU Repository is a post print version of: Vanclay, JK 2011, 'An evaluation of the Australia Research Council's journal ranking', Journal of Infometrics, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 265-274.

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Informetrics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in the Journal of Infometrics, [VOL5, ISSUE 2, April 2011] DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2010.12.001

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