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The purpose of the Academic Journal Guide
The purpose of the AJG is to assist researchers to make informed judgements about the outlets they may wish to publish in. It provides details on a wide range of journals, stretching across fields that are either central or salient to business and management studies; in other words, it aims to encompass a broad set of journals in which business and management academics may seek to publish their research.
The AJG’s ratings are based upon peer review, editorial and expert judgements following the evaluation of many hundreds of publications and is informed by statistical information relating to citation.
The AJG is distinctive in that, unlike other journal ratings, it is not based purely on a weighted average of journal metrics. Rather, the AJG is informed by metrics. The ratings of journals reflect the outcomes of consultations carried out by the subject experts of the Scientific Committee with expert peers and scholarly associations as to the relative standing of journals in each subject area.
We advise that users read the AJG's Methodology to understand the aims of the 2021 edition and how journal ratings are judged.Download the Methodology
Our guiding principles on how to use the AJG:
- As the name suggests, the AJG is a ‘guide’. It should not be used as a ‘one stop shop’ to decide where to publish nor to evaluate individuals’ research outputs.
- We advise that users of the guide should also seek advice and recommendations from peers and the academic community more generally.
- Although the best work is clustered in a limited number of leading journals, good work may be encountered in a wide range of different places; this highlights the merit of reading work.
- Consider the relevance and quality of journals not listed in the Guide, including new journals, but be aware of predatory outlets.
- The AJG seeks to encourage good practices in journal publishing. As well as considering a journal’s rating and relevance, consider other factors such as the composition and diversity of its editorial board, its fee charging practices, or its acceptance rates.
- It is important that users of the AJG understand the methodology. By reading the methodology you will understand how a journal rating came about, and how the AJG’s metrics are derived.
Journals within the AJG 2021 were assessed by an international panel of subject experts. The AJG Scientific Committee membership for the 2021 edition of the Guide is outlined in the table below.
|Accounting||Professor Marcia Annisette, York University, Seymour Schulich School of Business |
Professor Mark Clatworthy, University of Bristol, School of Economics, Finance and Management
Professor Christine Cooper, University of Edinburgh Business School
|Business and Economic History||Professor Mark Casson, University of Reading |
Professor Geoffrey G. Jones, Harvard Business School
|Economics, Econometrics |
|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 Susan Marlow, Nottingham University Business School |
Professor Becky Reuber, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
|Finance||Professor Marco Pagano, University of Naples Federico II |
Professor Nick Taylor, University of Bristol, School of Economics, Finance and Management
Professor John Wilson, University of St. Andrews School of Management
Professor Steve Foerster, Ivey Business School, Western University
|General Management, Ethics, Gender and |
|Professor Peter Bamberger, Tel Aviv University, Coller School of Management |
Professor Caroline Gatrell, University of Liverpool Management School
Professor Susanna Khavul, San Jose State University/London School of Economics
Professor Henk Volberda, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School
|Human Resource Management and |
|Professor Pawan Budhwar, Aston Business School |
Professor Fang Lee Cooke, Monash Business School
Professor Adrian Wilkinson, Griffith Business School and University of Sheffield
|Information Systems||Professor Joe Nandhakumar, Warwick Business School |
Professor Cathy Urquhart, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
|Innovation||Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Queen's Management School, Queen's University Belfast |
Professor Silvia Massini, University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
|International Business and Area Studies||Professor Jedrzej George Frynas, Open University |
Professor Heinz Tüselmann, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (Chair of Scientific Committee)
|Management Development and Education||Professor David Collings, Dublin City University Business School |
Professor Ken Starkey, Nottingham University Business School
|Marketing||Professor Adam Lindgreen, Copenhagen Business School |
Professor Paurav Shukla, Southampton 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 David Lane, Henley Business School |
Professor Maria Paola Scaparra, Kent Business School
|Organisational Studies||Professor Nic Beech, Middlesex University |
Dr Amanda Shantz, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School
|Psychology (General)||Professor Julie Aitken Schermer, University of Western Ontario |
Professor Barbara Summers, Leeds University Business School
|Psychology (Organisational)||Dr Julie Gore, University of Bath |
Professor David Guest, King’s Business School, King’s College London
Professor Karoline Strauss, ESSEC Business School Paris
|Public Sector and Health Care||Professor Rhys Andrews, Cardiff Business School |
Dr Ian Elliot, University of Northumbria, Newcastle Business School
|Regional Studies, Planning and Environment||Professor Gary Cook, University of Leeds |
Professor Phillip McCann, Sheffield University Management School
|Sector Studies||Professor Peter McKiernan, Strathclyde Business School |
Professor Stephen Page, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire
Professor Colin C Williams, Sheffield University Management School
|Social Sciences||Professor Robert Andersen, University of Western Ontario|
|Strategy||Professor Sotirios Paroutis, Warwick Business School |
Professor Ram Mudambi, Fox Business School, Temple University
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, Western University in Canada
Professor James Walker, Henley Business School
Professor Marc Goergen, IE Business School, Madrid
Professor Andrew Simpson, Sheffield University Management School
Neil Kellard, Essex Business 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 Eric Chang,
Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Professor Robert Galliers,
The University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Bentley University, USA and Professor Emeritus, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK
Professor Kamil Omoteso,
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at University of Derby
Professor Donald Siegel,
Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs, 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
Director of Communications & External Relations, Chartered Association of Business Schools
Applications to the Academic Journal Guide open once every three years. The window for submissions for the 2021 edition was open in 2019 and is now closed. The submission window for the 2024 edition will be announced in due course and publicised on the Chartered ABS website and newsletter.