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ERIC Number: EJ912020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0313-7155
Journal Ratings and the Publications of Australian Academics
Hemmings, Brian; Kay, Russell
Issues in Educational Research, v20 n3 p234-243 2010
Journal ranking systems are becoming more commonplace and receiving increased attention from academics and their senior managers. The study reported below was designed to examine the relationship between particular background factors (e.g., gender and qualifications) of academics and the rankings of what they perceived as their most significant refereed journal publication. Survey data were gathered from academics employed at two Australian universities and these data were analysed using a variety of nonparametric statistical procedures. The results demonstrated that: 1) less than half of these academics nominated a publication ranked in the top 20% of journals in their respective field of research; 2) academics who had published greater numbers of journal articles were more likely to have higher rated publications; 3) more senior academics were more likely to publish in the higher-rated journals than their junior counterparts; and, 4) academics with doctorates were much more likely to identify an article published in the highest rated journals. The implications of these results for higher education practice are considered. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia