Many student researchers embark on their literature searching unsure which journals have a high academic reputation. This list offers a startingpoint for those unsure where to focus their literature searching. However, it is worth mentioning that many academic articles use specialized technical vocabulary and sophisticated statistical techniques. Student researchers seeking useful examples of interpretive research have to be prepared to be highly selective and to find papers that they can adapt, in whole or in part, for use in their own research design or literature review.
Most papers that appear in good journals have been through a lengthy process of review and rewriting before publication. Academic journals are 'refereed', that is, academics submit research papers that are judged by colleagues. The papers are commented upon, criticized and often rejected for publication. If the submitting academic is lucky and the paper is a good one, it might be returned for amendments prior to possible publication. The ranking of a journal is a subjective affair and depends on criteria such as how frequently work appearing in that journal is cited in other journal articles, how widely the journal is read internationally, and by the academic standing of journal contributors.
The following list is neither exhaustive nor definitive.
Academy of Management Review
Administrative Science Quarterly
Journal of Management Studies
Academy of Management Journal
Strategic Management Journal
Journal of Management
Human Resource Management
British Journal of Management