[Update: The CENTRIA servers are down for maintenance. The links here should be back on 30 December.]
This link is to an excel spreadsheet of h- and g-scores of 75 philosophy journals that were recently classified by the European Science Foundation (ESF).
Some notes on interpretation. The ESF list classifies journals by grade: an A is better than a B, and B is better than a C. I’ve coded this as A=1, B=2, C=3. The list here is far from complete and comes with the caveats and warnings that have accrued in the last month. In addition, there are two things to keep in mind: the mean and median scores should be taken with a grain of salt, since they are for this list only. However, it is not likely that these numbers will be much greater on a more comprehensive list: nearly all of the major journals are listed here, so a more comprehensive list would (I think) only reveal a greater distance between scores for top journals from the mean and median. A graph of the spread for this list is included.
Another point that comes across clearly is that different fields have different citation practices: historians are far more reluctant than linguists to offer up a citation, and all of us pale in comparison to biochemists.
Finally, thanks much to Jon Kvanvig for crunching the data. (If anyone knows of a port for Publish or Perish to Mac OS X, I’d be keen to find out about it.) This exercise has helped me prepare for my center’s review next month. In our scheme, weight is given to publishing in “high-impact” journals, particularly for junior faculty. Perhaps this information will be useful to others as well.
Below the fold are summary tables for the top 25 journals.
|Ordinal Rank (h)||Ordinal Rank (g)|
|1||Linguistics and Philosophy||Linguistics and Philosophy|
|2||Journal of Logic, Language and Information||Journal of Logic, Language and Information|
|3||The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science||Mind and Language|
|4||Mind and Language||The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science|
|5||Philosophy of Science||Philosophy of Science|
|6||Minds and Machines||Ethics|
|7||Synthese||Minds and Machines|
|9||Journal of Philosophy||Journal of Philosophy|
|10||Philosophical Studies||Philosophical Review|
|13||Philosophy and Phenomenological Research||Studia Logica|
|14||The Hastings Center Report||Philosophy and Phenomenological Research|
|15||Philosophical Review||Biology and Philosophy|
|16||Biology and Philosophy||The Hastings Center Report|
|17||Theory and Decision||Theory and Decision|
|19||Philosophy and Public Affairs||Nous|
|20||Economics and Philosophy||Philosophy and Public Affairs|
|21||Journal of Medicine and Philosophy||Economics and Philosophy|
|23||Analysis||Journal of Medicine and Philosophy|
|24||The Monist||The Monist|
|25||Erkenntnis||Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society|
Some notes: The Journal of Applied Logic (JAL), which is a young logic journal listed under applied mathematics rather than humanities, scores 10(h)/15(g), which puts it in the rough ballpark on this metric with JSL (h-rank 29, g-rank 32) NDJFL (31/29), JPL (32/33), and the Bulletin (33/35). JAL would place at (40/41). Finally, the editorial board of JPL has moved to the brand new Review of Symbolic Logic, which will publish its first issue in 2008.