Monthly Archives: May 2011

Australia abandons journal ranking initiative

Last year I reported how Australia ranked over 20,000 peer-reviewed journals. The Australian now reports that Innovation Minister Kim Carr has announced that the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative will no longer assign rankings to journals.

The Minister said  “There is clear and consistent evidence that the rankings were being deployed inappropriately within some quarters of the sector, in ways that could produce harmful outcomes, and based on a poor understanding of the actual role of the rankings. One common example was the setting of targets for publication in A and A* journals by institutional research managers.”

Instead of ranking, each publication will be provided with a “publication profile,” indicating how often it was chosen by academics in a given field. Hmmm, sounds like an impact factor…