I often receive email asking about IJF quality indicators. Here is one I received today.
Dear Professor Hyndman,
I recently had a paper published in IJF entitled, “xxxxxxxxxxxx”. I am very pleased with the publication and consider IJF to be an excellent outlet for my work in time-series econometrics.
I have an unusual request, but I hope you will consider responding. My research is judged by non-economists and IJF is not on their list of “quality” journals. It makes a significant difference in my research rating and pay. Would you mind sending some objective information re the quality of IJF that I can pass along to the committee?
And here is part of my reply:
- The IJF is ranked A in Australia (we have four levels — A*, A, B and C).†
- The IJF 2011 2-year impact factor is 1.485. In 2010 it was 1.863. The five year impact factor is 2.450. Compare this to the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics which has a 2-year impact factor of 1.693, or Computational Statistics & Data Analysis with 1.089.
- We are ranked 40 out of 305 economics journals based on our 2-year impact factor.
- We receive about 400 submissions annually, and publish about 70 per year. But that includes invited papers. Of the contributed papers, we reject about 85–90%.
† The Australian rankings were produced by the Australian Research Council a few years ago after extensive consultation. They were later dropped, but the rankings are still frequently cited and used to measure journal quality. Although the ARC no longer has the rankings on their website, they are available here. Also useful is the list of econometrics journals (including the IJF), and the list of statistics journals.