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DEVITT'S LGSCD-INDEX Top Philosophy Journals (Leiter + Google Scholar + Citable Documents)

In this post I compare Google Scholar data and Brian Leiter's ranking of philosophy journals. Due to concerns regarding the disproportionate impact of different numbers of articles published by different journals to overall h-index (e.g. Phil Studies vs. Phil Review), I’ve added a third variable, Citable Documents (CD) to moderate this effect.

To calculate CD I’ve taken the total number of citable documents 2010-2012, divided by 3, then divided this number by 5 to weight it equally to the Leiter & Google data. For most journals I’ve taken this from SJR rankings. But, some philosophy journals are not ranked by SJR (e.g. Mind & Language, Philosophy & Biology, Journal of Political Philosophy and The Monist, Economics and Philosophy and the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic), so I have calculated these manually from the publisher’s website 2010-2012. Where scores are tied I’ve included a ranking to one decimal place.

  1. Noûs 14 points [GS = 4, L = 3, CD = 7]

  2. Ethics 16 points [GS = 10**, L = 6, CD = 4]

  3. Mind 18 points [GS = 8*, L = 4, CD = 6]

  4. Journal of Philosophy 20 points [GS = 13**, L = 2, CD = 5]

  5. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 23 points [GS = 5, L = 5, CD = 13]

  6. The Philosophical Review 25 points [GS = 21**, L = 1, CD = 3]

  7. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 28 points [GS = 7*, L = 14, CD = 7]

  8. Mind & Language 30 points [GS = 3, L = 22, CD = 4.9]

  9. Philosophy of Science 33 points [GS = 6*, L = 13, CD = 14]

  10. Erkenntnis 35 points [GS = 9**, L = 17, CD = 9]

  11. Philosophical Studies 37 points [GS = 2, L = 7, CD = 28]

  12. The Philosophical Quarterly 38 points [GS = 19**, L = 11, CD = 8]

  13. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 41 points [GS = 25***, L = 8, CD = 8]

  14. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 42.7 [GS = 19***, L = 19, CD = 4.7]

  15. Analysis 42.8 points [GS = 22**, L = 10, CD = 10.8]

  16. Synthese 43.1 points [GS = 1, L = 11, CD = 31.1]

  17. Journal of Philosophical Logic 45 points [GS = 18, L = 21, CD = 6]

  18. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 53.2 points [ GS = 33, L = 16, CD = 4.2]

  19. Biology & Philosophy 53.5 points [GS = 16*, L = 29, CD = 9.5]

  20. European Journal of Philosophy 57 points [GS = 29***, L = 24, CD = 5]

  21. Journal of Political Philosophy 59.7 points [GS = 17*, L = 38, CD = 4.7]

  22. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 60.7 points [GS = 31***, L = 23, CD = 5.7]

  23. American Philosophy Quarterly 61 points [GS = 37*** , L = 18, CD = 6]

  24. The Monist 62 points [GS = 30, L = 26, CD = 6]

  25. Journal of the History of Philosophy 63 points [GS = 40, L = 20, CD = 3]

  26. Economics and Philosophy 64 points [GS = 26***, L = 35, CD = 3]

  27. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 71 points [GS = 28, L = 37, CD = 6]

  28. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 72 points [GS = 40, L = 25, CD = 7]

  29. Inquiry 73 points [GS = 27, L = 40, CD = 6]

  30. Ratio 78 points [GS = 34, L = 39, CD = 5]

  31. Utilitas 81.8 points [GS = 35, L = 43, CD = 3.8]

  32. Social Philosophy and Policy 81.9 points [GS = 32, L = 45, CD = 4.9]

  33. Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie 84 points [GS = 41, L = 41, CD = 2]

  34. Continental Philosophy Review 88 points [GS = 38, L = 46, CD = 4]

  35. Review of Metaphysics 90 points [GS = 42, L = 44, CD = 4]


Journals not indexed by Google metrics:
Philosophy and Public Affairs
Philosopher's Imprint
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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