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Robert Lehmann and Klaus Wohlrabe
''An Elo ranking for economics journals''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.4 )
Rankings for sports such as chess or table tennis are based on the so called Elo rating system. In this paper, we apply this rating system to rank economics journals. One main advantage of the Elo ranking compared to existing ones is its explicit consideration of a journal's performance path. Another advantage is the easy application of the system to any journal metric that is published on a regular basis. Our application is based on data from Web of Science that comprises the impact factors of 382 economics journals for the period from 1997 to 2016. The most recent Elo ranking is quite different for rather 'middle-class' journals compared to other existing rankings. However, also some differences for the top 30 emerge.
Keywords: Elo Rating System, Journal Rankings, Impact Factor
JEL: A1 - General Economics: General
Z0 - Other Special Topics: General
Manuscript Received : Aug 01 2017 Manuscript Accepted : Oct 26 2017

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