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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Another new, free journal quality measurement

The Center for Journal Ranking was launched in January 2007.  From the site:

Welcome to Red Jasperís Center for Journal Ranking (CJR). The center provides a brand new paradigm to ranking more than 7,000 journals from all disciplines....

[T]he approaches available [to appraise the quality of journals] have either been by route of using the Science Citation Index (SCI) - where citations, as a broad form of influence, are often used in these efforts - or via subjective means such as surveys.

The work that the center does extends current works in several important dimensions, and proposes two new indicators relevant to journal quality by considering both the journal influence index and the paper influence index.

More importantly, we believe that there is no perfect model that will fit all needs. We understand the magnitude of universal access and broad based consultation with all academicians. As such the CJR is established to allow all users to validate various scenarios and parameters to rank journals. We will use the CJR as a platform for broad based consultation to continually refine the journal ranking paradigm....

From Nicole Martin's article in the April 2007 issue of EContent:

[T]he Center for Journal Ranking (CJR) [was] launched in January by Andrew Lim, associate professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and founder of Red Jasper, a high-tech start up, specializing in applying logistics to business, transportation, and supply chain management....

[T]he Center has adapted the PageRank methodology (made famous by Google) to rank thousands of journals "in a multitude of disciplines." While Google uses PageRank to rate a page by how often it is requested, CJR extends its capabilities by using complex algorithms to differentiate between the quality or significance of the citing source.

CJR proposes two new indicators to augment the PageRanking protocol: the Journal Influence Index and the Paper Influence Index, measures that are then compared with rankings derived from expert surveys....

Registration to CJR and access to their rankings for over 7,000 journals is free. "It's too early to ponder a business model," says Lim....