Social Business has been included in the Australian Business Deans Council Journal Quality List following their 2016 interim review with a ‘B’ Rating.
The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) “represents the collective voice of pro vice-chancellors, deans and heads of all business faculties and schools in Australian universities. Our mission is to advance and promote the value of excellence in business education and research through engagement across Australian universities, industry, the government and the community” and more information can be found at their website (ABDC).
In 2007, the ABDC established their Journal Quality List, which was reviewed in 2009 and 2013. In April 2016, ABDC called for submissions for an interim review of the List. “An interim expert review panel then reviewed these submissions drawing on opinions from other well-respected academics in their individual Field of Research (FoR). During a public consultation period … eligible parties could provide feedback on the published review outcomes. The panel then reviewed this feedback and on 6 September, ABDC released a revised and online ABDC Journal Quality List 2016.” http://www.abdc.edu.au/pages/2016-review.html
In listing journals in the ABDC Journal Quality List, the following criteria are considered.
- “Have a ‘substantive business element’ evidenced by >50% of articles over three years written by a business faculty; or >50 per cent of articles over three years being of a business nature.
- Relative standing of the journal to comparable journals listed in the specific discipline; relying mainly on citation metrics and other reputable journal quality lists including recognised disciplinary lists.
- International standing of the editorial board
- Quality of peer-review processes
- Track record of publishing influential papers
- Sustained reputation
- Influence of publications in the journal in relation to hiring, tenure and promotion decisions.” http://www.abdc.edu.au/pages/faqs.html
The ABDC Journal Quality List is based on four mutually exclusive (and collectively exhaustive) rating categories labelled: A*; A; B and C. A full description of the categories can be found at http://www.abdc.edu.au/pages/2016-review.html In each Field of Research (FoR) group, journals deemed not to reach the quality threshold level are not listed http://www.abdc.edu.au/pages/abdc-journal-quality-list-2013.html