Not-for-Profit Journal Quality/Ranking Lists or For-Profit Journal Indexing: What is a Better Choice?
It has become a common trend among academic professionals to check listing/ranking of academic journals in recognized journal ranking/quality lists before submitting their articles for review and possible publication. In addition, professional research evaluation committees in universities often consult many quality journals ranking lists. Although a majority of scholars/institutions consider for-profit indexing/abstracting databases like SSCI, SCI, Scopus, IBSS, PsycINFO etc. to assess quality of journals, this article focuses on the not-for-profit academic journal quality/ranking lists developed by various institutions or governments. This editorial presents a review of select journal quality lists produced by not-for-profit organizations because academic products developed by for-profit companies always reflect some degree of bias (Krimsky, 2013). Therefore, the lists/rankings like Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) journal ranking, Cabell’s journals list, SCImago journal ranking (although it is free but it harvests data from for-profit database Scopus) will be excluded.