Management Journal Impact Factors 2009
| Nicolai Foss |
Eugene Garfield may not exactly be defunct, but it is entirely true that practical men, such as university presidents, deans, and department heads, are slaves of the Science Citation Index he created. In fact, so are the rest of us who have eagerly been waiting for the publication of the impact factors for 2009. They have just arrived and it is fascinating stuff. Here are a few immediate observations on the management IFs:
- Abstracting from MIS Quarterly, the Strategic Management Journal is #3.
- Journal of Management is, at #5 (and #4 if MIS Q is left out) cementing its position as a top journal.
- Strategic Organization is up on #8! Way to go, Joel and colleagues! But can you sustain that position?
- Journal of International Business Studies has dropped a few positions but is still in the top-10.
- Journal of Management Studies (#14) has emerged as a close competitior in terms of ranking to Organization Science (#12). It is the undisputed #1 Euro management journal (it has also just entered the Financial Times ranking).
- Resarch Policy, which was among the top 10 only two years back, is now #22.
- Management Science is now down to #24. There are management departmetns where this journal is considered A+.
Of course, we all know the many reasons why all this should be taken with more than the proverbial grain of salt. For example, as Ram Mudambi points out (personal conversation), more and more journals play the impact factor game and force authors to cite recent papers in the journals, and reference lists grow longer and longer. Perhaps Article Influence Scores represent the superior alternative.