Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Outdated Advice: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Outdated Advice: Letters

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It is no secret that many business schools, including my own, use the Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Quality Guide to determine scholarly performance. Indeed, the publication states that it is "designed primarily to serve the needs of the UK business and management research community" by providing "an indication of where best to publish" to secure tenure, promotion and other rewards. Yet the most recent edition, Academic Journal Quality Guide: Version 4, was unveiled in 2010 and no update has been published since.

The ABS stated that a new version would be released in 2012, but this has now been delayed until 2014. Quite why publication has been pushed back until after the research excellence framework one can only guess. Are we to believe that there have been no changes to the journal rankings since 2010? Rumours are rife that some have been promoted and others relegated.

As an early career researcher, the Guide is supposed to help me "to decide what to read and where to publish" to advance my career. …

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