Journal rankings and publication strategy

Piotr Śpiewanowski*, Oleksandr Talavera

*Corresponding author for this work

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We study the impact of journal ranking systems on publication outlet choice. We investigate the publication behavior of UK-based scholars registered on IDEAS/RePEc and analyze the publication outcomes of their academic work uploaded to the repository. Our estimates suggest that authors strategically choose outlets to maximize their publication scores. Our identification strategy is based on exploiting the change in the British ABS journal ranking in 2015. Working papers written before the 2015 ABS journal ranking change are significantly less likely to be published in ex-post downgraded journals. The effect cannot be attributed to the overall change in journal quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3227-3242
Issue number4
Early online date25 Feb 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2021


  • AJG/ABS list
  • Journal rankings
  • Publication strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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