Rankings of Economics Journals and Departments in India

Tilak Mukhopadhyay and Subrata Sarkar of IGIDR have a paper on the topic. It is quite interesting to know the state of economics in the country.

For Indian Journals the methodology is:

The methodology of ranking journals is based on the simple idea of “how frequently” are the articles published in a journal within in a specific period are cited by articles published in other journals in the year following the period in which the articles were published. The methodology starts with a simple count of the citation received by a journal and then progressively adjusts this citation by looking at the “quality” of the citing journal.

Based on this, the ranking of top Indian journals is:

  Rank (Excluding self citation) Rank (Including self citation) Impact Value (Excluding self citation) Impact Value (Including self citation)
Indian-Economic-Review  1 2 100 45.59
ArthaVijnana  2 6 77.89 12.25
Indian-Journal-of-Agricultural-Economics 3 1 75.59 100
Indian-Economic-Journal  4 8 47.03 10.42
Man-and-Development  5 9 33.83 6.95
Indian-Journal-of-Labour-Economics  6 5 16.9 31.39
Reserve-Bank-of-India-Occasional-Papers  7 13 14.57 1.73

For economics departments, the methodology is:

Since the impact values of the international journals (from Kalaitzidakis et al. (2003) and the domestic journals (derived by the method shown in Appendix A) are available, the departments can be ranked based on their quality adjusted publications  in these journals. The total publication of a department is found by looking at the affiliation data of all articles published in our set of 159 international journals and the 20 domestic journals

This paper broadly follows two approaches to rank departments from the above inputs, namely, The Flow Approachand The Stock Approach.

‘The Flow Approach’: In this approach ranking based on publication from an Economics department of a university and the publications over the years are considered as flow of output.

‘The Stock Approach’: In this approach we consider publication record of an individual faculty member of a department all through his/her career till 2005. We can observe in many cases a researcher has publications with various affiliation records. In this case the previous publication of a faculty member adds value to the existing capital stock of the department he/she is now associated with. According to this argument this approach can be defined as “Stock Approach”.

 So how does the ranking look? I am just mentioning top 5.  Similar names across both stock and flow approach. Not very surprising with ISI, Delhi topping the list in international publications. Gokhale institute tops the list in domestic publications. Actually rankings differ significantly when one looks at international publications vs domestic publications.

Ranking of Economics Departments in India: Flow Approach
 

Rank based on international publications

1991 -2005

Rank based on domestic
publications

2000-05

Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi  1 36
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata  2 17
Delhi School of Economics  3 36
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai  4 15
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi  5 2
Rank Based on International Publications – Different Periods: Flow Approach
  1991-05 1991-95 1996-00 2001-05
Indian Statistical Institute(ISI), New Delhi 1 2 4 1
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata  2 3 1 2
Delhi School of Economics  3 1 9 8
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai  4 5 5 4
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi  5 9 2 11
Ranking of Economics Departments in India: Stock Approach
 

Rank based on international publications

1991 -2005

Rank based on domestic
publications

2000-05

Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi  1 14
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi  2 12
Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta  3 NF
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata  4 4
Delhi School of Economics  5 18

Though authors add the study was very difficult for lack of proper data:

The availability of data of these domestic journals was a big challenge as most of the Indian economic journals are not published regularly. Their websites and archives are not always updated properly. The departmental composition and the faculty list data of these universities were also a problem area as many universities do not maintain their websites properly. So data availability was a serious issue in all stages of this work.

The ranks are presented as two different sets of ranks as it is very difficult to compare and merge the rankings based on publication in international and domestic journals. The rankings based on international journals features very few of the institutions from the list of total institutions but the research network is quite heterogeneous in terms of publication in domestic journals. The agricultural and developmental journals in India have received higher ranks which reflect some tendency of concentration of research works in these areas in the Indian context. The study of publication trends as a part of the characteristics of the journals shows some different result in contrast to other countries trend like the joint authorship in domestic journals have not shown an increasing trend. The networking of research works in terms of publication in both international and domestic journals are observed in some higher ranked institutions in rankings based on both international and domestic journal publications.

Then there are issues of not checking and ranking based on sub-disciplines of economics, micro. macro etc. The possibility of leaving out certain small economics departments is also there.

Overall, a nice summary of Indian economics depts and journals.

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3 Responses to “Rankings of Economics Journals and Departments in India”

  1. sunil ghadge Says:

    Dear sir,
    It is very good and quality academic work
    necessar for research.

    yours truly

  2. ravindra brahme Says:

    good work

  3. Sudha Rani Says:

    Dear sir,
    it is good but publish innovative techniques about indian economy.
    yours truly

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