Handelsblatt ranking and journal quality: a cautionary note

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I provide a brief discussion of the Handelsblatt ranking by focusing on its journal quality weights. I summarize the methodology underlying journals’ prestige measure, which is derived from their citation networks, and discuss its strengths and shortcomings. Although I agree that Handelsblatt ranking provides a great service to the profession, that same profession needs to be rather careful not to overemphasize the journal quality weights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-522
Number of pages7
JournalGerman Economic Review
Issue number4
Early online date31 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • Research Ranking
  • Handelsblatt
  • Evaluation
  • Scientificc Productivity


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