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Round 2 of the impact factor wars – JCR reports earlier this week

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Scopus and their impact factor index (Citescore) had a day in the sun when I was at the EAA in Milano!  The top ten rankings they came up with were as follows:

Source title CiteScore
Management Accounting Research 4.53
Journal of Accounting and Economics 4.36
Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 4.33
Journal of Accounting Research 4.29
British Accounting Review 3.31
Accounting Review 3.24
Critical Perspectives on Accounting 3.18
Meditari Accountancy Research 3.02
Accounting, Organizations and Society 2.94
Journal of Accounting Literature 2.61

Notice the absence of some of the leading players as we like to think of them.  CAR and RAST were not in the top ten of CiteScore.

Fast forward a few weeks and JCR reports from Clairviate Analytics came in

Full Journal Title Journal Impact Factor
JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTING RESEARCH 4.542
Management Accounting Research 3.800
JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTING & ECONOMICS 3.282
Critical Perspectives on Accounting 3.182
Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal 2.911
AUDITING-A JOURNAL OF PRACTICE & THEORY 2.409
ACCOUNTING REVIEW 2.245
British Accounting Review 2.232
European Accounting Review 2.169
ACCOUNTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY 2.077
CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTING RESEARCH 2.065

Some strong similarities.  The similarities include:

  1. the high ranking of Management Accounting Research (kudos to Wim and his team)
  2. the return of JAR as a contender for top accounting cited journal
  3. The missing of RAST from both lists and the fact that CAR only makes it into the second due to rounding error.
  4. The grouping of a new top three JAR, JAE, and MAR with several journals knocking at the door AAAJ, CPA, BAR and TAR.

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