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DEVITT'S LGS-INDEX Top Philosophy Journals (Leiter + Google Scholar)

UPDATE: Please note that I have updated this metric to respond to feedback received from Brian Leiter and other philosophers. Please see Leiter's post and use my new metric here.

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Below I compare Google Scholar's (GS) metrics to Leiter's (L) subjective report of quality on the top philosophy journals to capture not only the prestige of philosophy journals, but their impact by the degree of dialogue a publication generates (h-index).

The following journals rank the highest combining both measures:

  1. Noûs 7 points [GS = 4, L = 3]

  2. Philosophical Studies 9 points [GS = 2, L = 7]

  3. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 10 points [GS = 5, L = 5]

  4. Mind 12 points [GS = 8*, L = 4]

  5. Synthese 12 points [GS = 1, L = 11]

  6. Journal of Philosophy 15 points [GS = 13**, L = 2]

  7. Ethics 16 points [GS = 10**, L = 6]

  8. Philosophy of Science 19 points [GS = 6*, L = 13]

  9. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 21 points [GS = 7*, L = 14]

  10. Philosophical Review 22 points [GS = 21**, L = 1]

  11. Mind & Language 25 points [GS = 3, L = 22]

  12. Erkenntnis 26 points [GS = 9**, L = 17]

  13. The Philosophical Quarterly 30 points [GS = 19**, L = 11]

  14. Analysis 32 points [GS = 22**, L = 10th]

  15. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 33 points [GS = 25***, L = 8]

  16. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 [GS = 19***, L = 19]

  17. Journal of Philosophical Logic 39 points [GS = 18, L = 21]

  18. Biology & Philosophy 45 points [GS = 16*, L = 29]

  19. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 49 points [ GS = 33, L = 16]

  20. European Journal of Philosophy 53 points [GS = 29***, L = 24]

  21. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 54 points [GS = 31***, L = 23]

  22. Journal of Political Philosophy 55 points [GS = 17*, L = 38]

  23. American Philosophy Quarterly 55 points [GS = 37*** , L = 18]

  24. The Monist 56 points [GS = 30, L = 26]

  25. Journal of the History of Philosophy 60 points [GS = 40, L = 20]

  26. Economics and Philosophy 61 points [GS = 26***, L = 35]

  27. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 65 points [GS = 28, L = 37]

  28. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 65 points [GS = 40, L = 25]

  29. Inquiry 67 points [GS = 27, L = 40]

  30. Ratio 73 points [GS = 34, L = 39]

  31. Social Philosophy and Policy 77 points [GS = 32, L = 45]

  32. Utilitas 78 points [GS = 35, L = 43]

  33. Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie 82 points [GS = 41, L = 41]

  34. Continental Philosophy Review 84 points [GS = 38, L = 46]

  35. Review of Metaphysics 86 points [GS = 42, L = 44]

Philosophy Review, Mind & Language, Journal of Political Philosophy, American Philosophy Quarterly and The Journal of the History of Philosophy are most stark in contrast between subjective and objective rankings (i.e. differed by > 19 rankings), Where journals score the same score, I have picked the one that scored higher via Google Scholar ranking.

 It has been suggested that h-index is not a good measure for philosophy journals given the difference in output between them. E.g. The Philosophical Review publishes 12 articles per year, where as Noûs publishes three times the volume, 36 articles per year, giving it an advantage by volume for citations. While this is a valid point, the Google metrics (including h-index) is more subtle than than the pure volume of publications (as evidenced by the fact that The New England Journal of Medicine still trumps PLoS ONE ). It is conceivable that some high h-index philosophy journals also have very high quality editorial teams capable of evaluating a greater volume of articles per year with great rigour than other high quality journals. Shouldn't these efficient journals gain recognition for their capacity to produce volume at high quality? At least, answering this question is part of my motivation for investigating the issue. I have published two different metrics to respond to this criticism, the Devitt LGSCD-index (Leiter + Google Scholar modified by citable documents) and the Devitt GSCD-index (Google Scholar modified by citable documents)

Journals not indexed by Google metrics:
Philosopher's Imprint
Oxford Studies in Metaphysics
Philosophy and Public Affairs
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy
Philosophical Perspectives
Linguistics & Philosophy
Midwest Studies in Philosophy
Oxford Studies in Metaethics
Oxford Studies in Epistemology
History of Philosophy Quarterly
Philosophical Topics

Journals ranked in the top 20 of Google Scholar that did not rank in Leiter.
11 Journal of Consciousness Studies
12 Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
14 Review of Philosophy and Psychology
15 Philosophical Psychology
20 Metaphilosophy
23 Studies in Philosophy and Education
24 Philosophy Compass

N.B. Rankings adjusted to incorporate highly rated philosophy of science and political philosophy journals (see '*' below)

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* Because Google excluded several highly rated philosophy of science and political philosophy journals from their ranking list, I have altered my Google ranking to include these journals. To do this I searched the h5-index and h5-median for Philosophy of Science (PS) (h5-index = 22, h5-median = 27), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (BJPS) (h5-index = 21, h5-median = 27) and Biology & Philosophy (h5-index = 18, h5-median = 23) and derived their logical place as 6th, 7th and 16th respectively. Putting PS and BJPS below PPR (h5-index = 23, h5-median =30) above Mind (h5-index = 20, h5-median = 31) that then moves from 6th to 8th place. Biology & Philosophy ranks below Philosophical Psychology. Journal of Political Philosophy (h5-index = 17, h5-median = 49) ranked 17th under Philosophy of Biology. I ranked using h5-index first and only where scores are tied, used the h5-median as Google does. There may be other ways non-transparent ways Google determines its rankings.

** These journals ranked 2-4 places further down due to the displacement caused by including the 4 philosophy of science or political philosophy journals discussed above (see '*'), e.g. Journal of Philosophy is ranked #11 in Google's list, but is ranked 13th here, Philosophy Review is ranked 17th in Google's list, but ranked 21st here].

*** Journals that did not rate highly enough to appear on Google Scholar's top 20 list, but were highly ranked on Leiter's measure, I searched for individually and then ranked them in order starting after Google's top 24 using h5-index first and only where scores are tied, used the h5-median as Google does. N.B. There may be other non-transparent ways Google determines its rankings. Also, this method has no way of determining if other, non-Leiter identified philosophy journals are higher ranked via Google.

25 Australasian Journal of Philosophy (h5-index =15, h5-median = 21)
26 Economics and Philosophy (h5-index = 12, h5-median = 19)
27 Inquiry (h5-index = 12, h5-median = 19)
28 Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic (h5-index = 12, h5-median = 15)
29 European Journal of Philosophy (h5-index = 10, h5-median = 17)
30 The Monist (h5-index = 10, h5-median = 15)
31 Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (h5-index 10, h5-median = 13)
32 Social Philosophy and Policy (h5-index 10, h5-median = 13)
33 Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (h5-index = 9, h5-median = 16)
34 Ratio (h5-index = 9, h5-median = 11)
35 Utilitas (h5-index = 9, h5-median = 10)
36 Canadian Journal of Philosophy (h5-index = 8, h5-median = 14)
37 American Philosophy Quarterly (h5-index = 8, h5-median = 13)
38 Continental Philosophy Review (h5-index = 8, h5-median = 9)
39 Journal of the History of Philosophy (h5-index = 7, h5-median = 14)
40 British Journal for the History of Philosophy (h5-index = 5, h5-median = 6)
41 Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie (h5-index = 4, h5-median = 12)
42 Review of Metaphysics (h5-index = 4, h5-median = 5)

N.B. Journals with the same h5-index and h5-median scores via Google Scholar I have ranked in their order of appearance in Leiter's rankings.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR
Dr Kate Devitt
Email: skdevitt@gmail.com
Twitter: @skdevitt
Website: http://skdevitt.com

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