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Global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals

Alexander Serenko (Based at the Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada)
Nick Bontis (Based at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 20 February 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals.

Design/methodology/approach

An online questionnaire was completed by 233 active knowledge management and intellectual capital researchers from 41 countries. Two different approaches: journal rank‐order and journal scoring method were utilized and produced similar results.

Findings

It was found that the top five academic journals in the field are: Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, International Journal of Knowledge Management, and The Learning Organization. It was also concluded that the major factors affecting perceptions of quality of academic journals are editor and review board reputation, inclusion in citation indexes, opinion of leading researchers, appearance in ranking lists, and citation impact.

Research limitations/implications

This study was the first of its kind to develop a ranking system for academic journals in the field. Such a list will be very useful for academic recruitment, as well as tenure and promotion decisions.

Practical implications

The findings from this study may be utilized by various practitioners including knowledge management professionals, university administrators, review committees and corporate librarians.

Originality/value

This paper represents the first documented attempt to develop a ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals through a survey of field contributors.

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Citation

Serenko, A. and Bontis, N. (2009), "Global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 4-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673270910931125

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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