Australia rejects journal ranking system

The Australian government has abandoned a journal-ranking scheme following criticism from scholars and editors. This was part of an attempt to assess the quality of the research it supports, Excellence in Research for Australia http://www.arc.gov.au/era/.

Many researchers in the arts and social sciences objected to the first set of rankings which they said did not reflect reality in their subjects. Some scholars also said that university administrators had used the rankings to rank individual researchers in an inappropriate way http://chronicle.com/article/Controversial-Journal-Rankings/127417/. Australia now intends to produce journal quality profiles instead – the minister’s statement gives some idea of how these might be produced although not in detail.

Paraphrased from an article by Jennifer Howard sent to Lis-e-resources.

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