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What do we think are the most important journals for regional science?
Author/s:  Gunther Maier 
Year:  2007 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  30 Pg. 5-34 FullText PDF:  92 KB

Institute for the Environment and Regional Development Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration* (Paper first received, September 2006; in final form, November 2006) Abstract This paper reports the results of a survey conducted among regional scientists about what they regard as the most important journals for work in the discipline. The survey was conducted online and generated 740 responses, mostly from European scholars. The paper shows a strong consensus in the (European) regional science community on the top journals for the discipline. Particularly, the top position is almost always occupied by the same journal, irrespective of the method applied, or the way in which the sample is subdivided. Marked differences can only be found among countries, particularly between European countries on the one hand, and the USA and Japan on the other. When the results were correlated with the impact factors of the journals, support could not be found for a positive correlation. Correlation coefficients were small, insignificant, and mostly negative. Keywords: regional science journals; rankings; citations vs usefulness. JEL-classification codes: R10.

Gunther Maier, in "SCIENZE REGIONALI " 1/2007, pp. 5-34, DOI:


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