. Not-for-Profit Journal Quality Ranking Lists or For-Profit Journal Indexing: What is a Better Choice?
International Journal of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
2021, Vol. 10(1), pp. 1 – 8.
ISSN 2304 – 1366
DOI: 10.32327/IJMESS/10.1.2021.1





Not-for-Profit Journal Quality/Ranking Lists or For-Profit Journal Indexing: What is a Better Choice?


Ch. Mahmood Anwar
Faculty of Business & Finance, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia


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.

Keywords: Not-for-profit journal quality lists, academic journals ranking lists, academic journal indexing and abstracting, high quality business journals