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ABDC Journal Quality List

In 2007, ABDC established an ABDC Journal Quality List for use by its member business schools.  The initial list aimed to overcome the regional and discipline bias of international lists.  An independent chair and discipline-specific panels reviewed the ABDC Journal Quality List in 2013 and 2009.

The next major review, in the second half of this year, will follow the 2013 review process by having newly selected panels.

In 2016, ABDC produced a revised list from an interim review that narrowly focused on:

  • New journals started since 1 January 2011
  • Removal of predatory open-access journal
  • Change of Field of Research (FoR) grouping 
  • Incorrect factual details 

The ABDC Journal Quality List 2013 comprises 2,767 different journal titles, divided into four categories of quality: 

  • A*: 6.9%
  • A: 20.8%
  • B: 28.4%
  • C: 43.9%. 

In each Field of Research (FoR) group, journals deemed NOT to reach the quality threshold level are not listed. 

See disaggregated summary across FoRs.

ABDC Journal Quality List 2016 

PLEASE NOTE: In the ABDC Journal Quality List there is considerable variability in the average quality between marginal journals at either end of each rating category.  Many journals legitimately crossover discipline areas but for pragmatic reasons are allocated to one FoR only. 

Journal lists should be a starting point only for assessing publication quality and should not constrain researchers to a particular domain.  There is no substitute for assessing individual articles on a case-by-case basis.