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Journal Rankings, Collaborative Research and Publication Strategies: Evidence from China

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lana LiuORCiD, Professor Simon Hussain, Julia Zuo



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The past decade has witnessed a significant rise in the use of journal ranking guides to assess research quality within business schools. These guides are being used in an increasingly inflexible and mechanistic way to assess staff performance across many regions. One hitherto overlooked consequence of this trend is its potential to deter international collaborative research, which stems from the fact that different regions use different lists. We examine this issue for a specific region (China) via a questionnaire which is informed by examination of various ranking lists and show that ranking lists have the potential to cause problems between collaborating staff in relation to: (i) top-tier journals, (ii) specialised/niche journals and (iii) region-specific journals. The Chinese accounting academics in our survey rely almost solely on their own school’s in-house lists. This will likely exacerbate any frictions with overseas co-researchers regarding target journals and could lead to a form of ‘continental drift’ in accounting research.

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Author(s): Liu LYJ, Hussain S, Zuo LY, Wang Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Accounting Education

Year: 2015

Volume: 24

Issue: 3

Pages: 233-255

Print publication date: 01/05/2015

Online publication date: 30/06/2015

Acceptance date: 01/04/2015

Date deposited: 27/04/2015

ISSN (print): 0963-9284

ISSN (electronic): 1468-4489

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09639284.2015.1037776


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