Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149346
Authors: 
Lehmann, Robert
Wohlrabe, Klaus
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6259
Abstract: 
In this paper we transfer the Elo rating system, which is widely accepted in chess, sports and other disciplines, to rank scientific journals. The advantage of the Elo system is the explicit consideration of the factor time or the history of a journal’s performance. Most other rankings that are commonly applied neglect this fact. The Elo ranking approach can easily be applied to any metric, published on a regular basis, to rank journals. We illustrate the approach using the SNIP indicator based on citation data from Scopus. Our balanced panel consists of 7,748 journals from many scientific fields for the period from 1999 to 2015. We show that the Elo approach produces a similar but not identical ranking compared to other rankings based on the SNIP. Especially the rank order for rather ’middle-class’ journals can tremendously change.
Subjects: 
Elo rating system
journal rankings
SNIP
JEL: 
A12
A14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.