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The purpose of the Academic Journal Guide

The AJG is a guide to the range and quality of journals in which business and management academics publish their research. Its purpose is to give both emerging and established scholars greater clarity as to which journals to aim for, and where the best work in their field tends to be clustered.

The AJG is based upon peer review, editorial and expert judgements following from the evaluation of publications, and is informed by statistical information relating to citation.

We advise that users read the AJG's Methodology to understand the aims of the 2018 edition and how journal ratings are judged.

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4* Journals of Distinction
Within the business and management field, including economics, there are a small number of grade 4 journals that are recognised world-wide as exemplars of excellence. As the world leading journals in the field, they would be ranked among the highest in terms of impact factor. The initial paper selection and review process would be rigorous and demanding. Accepted papers would typically not only bring to bear large scale data and/or rigour in theory, but also be extremely finely crafted and provide major advances to their field.

All journals rated 4, whether included in the Journal of Distinction category or not publish the most original and best-executed research. As top journals in their field, these journals typically have high submission and low acceptance rates. Papers are heavily refereed. These top journals generally have among the highest citation impact factors within their field.

3 rated journals publish original and well executed research papers and are highly regarded. These journals typically have good submission rates and are very selective in what they publish. Papers are heavily refereed. These highly regarded journals generally have good to excellent journal metrics relative to others in their field, although at present not all journals in this category carry a citation impact factor.

Journals in this category publish original research of an acceptable standard. For these well regarded journals in their field, papers are fully refereed according to accepted standards and conventions. Citation impact factors are somewhat more modest in certain cases. Many excellent practitioner-oriented articles are published in 2-rated journals.

These journals, in general, publish research of a recognised, but more modest standard in their field. A 1 rating is a useful indicator in that it indicates the journal meets normal scholarly standards, including a general expectation of peer review. Papers are in many instances refereed relatively lightly according to accepted conventions. Few journals in this category carry a citation impact factor.

Journals within the AJG 2018 were assessed by an international panel of subject experts.

Field Subject Expert
Accounting Professor Christine Cooper, Strathclyde Business School
Professor Kevin Holland, Cardiff Business School
Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth
Business and Economic History Professor Mark Casson, University of Reading
Professor Geoffrey G. Jones, Harvard Business School
Economics, Econometrics
and Statistics
Professor Jerry Coakley, Essex Business School
Professor Robert Taylor, Essex Business School
Professor Tim Worrall, University of Edinburgh, School of Economics
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Professor Becky Reuber, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
Professor Mike Wright, Imperial College London, London Business School
Finance Professor Neil Kellard, Essex Business School
Professor Marco Pagano, University of Naples Federico II
Professor John Wilson, University of St. Andrews School of Management
General Management, Ethics, Gender and
Social Responsibility
Professor Stephen Brammer, Macquarie University, Faculty of Business and Economics
Professor Caroline Gatrell, University of Liverpool Management School
Professor Susan Marlow, Nottingham University Business School
Human Resource Management and
Employment Studies
Professor Pawan Budhwar, Aston Business School
Professor Fang Lee Cooke, Monash Business School
Professor Mark Stuart, Leeds University Business School
Professor Adrian Wilkinson, Griffith Business School
Information Management Professor Joe Nandhakumar, Warwick Business School
Professor Cathy Urquhart, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Innovation Professor Ian McCarthy, Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business
Professor Ammon Salter, University of Bath School of Management
International Business and Area Studies Professor Jedrzej George Frynas, University of Roehampton
Professor Becky Reuber, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
Professor Heinz Tüselmann, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (Chair)
Management Development and Education Professor Donald Siegel, Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs
Professor Ken Starkey, Nottingham University Business School
Marketing Professor Gilles Laurent, INSEEC Paris
Professor Adam Lindgreen, Copenhagen Business School
Operations and Technology Management Professor Cipriano Forza, University of Padua
Professor Christine Harland, Politecnico di Milano
Professor Ian McCarthy, Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business
Operations Research and Management Science Professor Valerie Belton, Strathclyde Business School
Professor David Lane, Henley Business School
Organisational Studies Professor Nic Beech, University of Dundee
Professor Nick Llewellyn, Warwick Business School
Psychology (General) Professor Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Leeds University Business School
Psychology (Organisational) Professor David Guest, King’s Business School
Public Sector and Health Care Dr Ian Elliot, Division of Business, Enterprise, and Management, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Professor Steve Martin, Cardiff Business School
Regional Studies, Planning and Environment Professor Gary Cook, Hull University Business School
Sector Studies Professor Peter McKiernan, Strathclyde Business School
Professor Stephen Page, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire
Professor John Tribe, Surrey Business School
Social Sciences Professor Julie Froud, Alliance Manchester Business School
Professor Mark Stuart, Leeds University Business School
Professor Robyn Thomas, Cardiff Business School
Strategy Dr Sotirios Paroutis, Warwick Business School
Professor Henk Volberda, Rotterdam School of Management

The editorial team are responsible for developing the methodology, undertaking analysis of journal metrics, and authoring the AJG.

Co-Editors in Chief
Professor Geoffrey Wood, Essex Business School
Professor David Peel, Lancaster University Management School

Chief Methodologists
Professor Marc Goergen, Cardiff Business School
Professor James Walker, Henley Business School

Professor Andrew Simpson, Sheffield University Management School

Chair of the Scientific Committee
Professor Heinz Tüselmann, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

The AJG is overseen by the Management Committee, which reports into the Chartered ABS Council.

Professor Angus Laing,
Dean, Lancaster University Management School, UK (Committee Chair)

Professor Robert Galliers,
The University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Bentley University, USA

Professor Barbara Sporn,
Head of Institute for Higher Education Management, WU Vienna University of Economics & Business, Austria

Professor Robina Xavier,
Executive Dean, QUT Business School, Australia

Barney Roe,
Director of Communications & External Relations, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Applications to the Academic Journal Guide open once every three years. Submissions for the 2021 edition opened earlier this year and are now closed.