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Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Information and Knowledge Management

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Global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals

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Title:Global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals
Author(s):Alexander Serenko, (Based at the Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada), Nick Bontis, (Based at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)
Citation:Alexander Serenko, Nick Bontis, (2009) "Global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 13 Iss: 1, pp.4 - 15
Keywords:Intellectual capital, Knowledge management, Serials
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13673270910931125 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Received: 2 May 2008 Accepted: 9 May 2008. The authors would like to thank all of the respondents who found time in their busy schedules to complete the journal ranking questionnaire.

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to develop a global ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals.

Design/methodology/approachAn online questionnaire was completed by 233 active knowledge management and intellectual capital researchers from 41 countries. Two different approaches: journal rank-order and journal scoring method were utilized and produced similar results.

FindingsIt was found that the top five academic journals in the field are: Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, International Journal of Knowledge Management, and The Learning Organization. It was also concluded that the major factors affecting perceptions of quality of academic journals are editor and review board reputation, inclusion in citation indexes, opinion of leading researchers, appearance in ranking lists, and citation impact.

Research limitations/implicationsThis study was the first of its kind to develop a ranking system for academic journals in the field. Such a list will be very useful for academic recruitment, as well as tenure and promotion decisions.

Practical implicationsThe findings from this study may be utilized by various practitioners including knowledge management professionals, university administrators, review committees and corporate librarians.

Originality/valueThis paper represents the first documented attempt to develop a ranking of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic journals through a survey of field contributors.

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