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DEVITT'S GSCD-INDEX Modified Google Scholar Metric Top Philosophy Journals

Since I published this metric (now blogged by Brian Leiter here), philosophers have requested a ranking based purely on the Google Scholar (GS) data modified by the citable documents (CD) score. I have obliged below including all top 20 ranked Google Scholar philosophy journals plus all journals ranked in Leiter's subjective ranking with the exception of those journals unranked by Google:****

  1. Mind & Language 7.9 points [GS = 3, CD = 4.9]

  2. Noûs 10.5 points [GS = 4, CD = 6.5]

  3. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 13.5 points [GS = 7*, CD = 6.5]

  4. Mind 13.7 points [GS = 8*, CD = 5.7]

  5. Ethics 14.3 points [GS = 10**, CD = 4.3]

  6. Journal of Philosophy 17.9 points [GS = 13**, CD = 4.9]

  7. Erkenntnis 18.0 points [GS = 9**, CD = 9.0]

  8. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 18.0 points [GS =12**, CD = 6.0]

  9. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 18.5 points [GS = 5, CD = 13.5]

  10. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 18.6 points [GS = 14**, CD = 4.6]

  11. Philosophy of Science 20.3 points [GS = 6*, CD = 14.3]

  12. Journal of Political Philosophy 21.7 points [GS = 17*, CD = 4.7]

  13. Philosophical Psychology 23.0 points [GS = 15**, CD = 8.0]

  14. The Philosophical Review 23.6 points [GS = 21**, CD = 2.6]

  15. Journal of Philosophical Logic 23.8 points [GS = 18**, CD = 5.8]

  16. Journal of Consciousness Studies 24.0 points [GS = 11**, CD = 13.0]

  17. Biology & Philosophy 25.5 points [GS = 16*, CD = 9.5]

  18. The Philosophical Quarterly 26.6 points [GS = 19**, CD = 7.6]

  19. Metaphilosophy 27.6 [GS = 20**  CD = 7.6]

  20. Economics and Philosophy 29.8 points [GS = 27***, CD = 2.8]

  21. Hypatia 30.0 points [GS = 26***, CD = 4.0]

  22. Philosophical Studies 30.3 points [GS = 2, CD = 28.3]

  23. Studies in Philosophy and Education 30.7 [GS = 23**, CD = 7.7]

  24. Synthese 32.1 points [GS = 1, CD = 31.1]

  25. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 32.5 points [GS = 25***, CD = 7.5]

  26. Analysis 32.8 points[GS = 22**, CD = 10.8]

  27. Inquiry 34.5 points [GS = 28***, CD = 6.5]

  28. European Journal of Philosophy 35.1 points [GS = 30***, CD = 5.1]

  29. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 35.3 points [GS = 29***, CD = 6.3]

  30. Dialectica 37.3 [GS = 32***, CD = 5.3]

  31. The Monist 37.4 points [GS = 31***, CD = 6.4]

  32. Social Philosophy and Policy 37.9 points [GS = 33***, CD = 4.9]

  33. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 39.2 points [ GS = 35***, CD = 4.2]

  34. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 39.7 points [GS = 34***, CD = 5.7]

  35. Philosophy Compass 40.9 points [GS = 24**, CD = 16.9]

  36. Ratio 41.5 points [GS = 36***, CD = 5.5]

  37. Utilitas 41.8 points [GS = 38***, CD = 3.8]

  38. The Southern Journal of Philosophy 43.4 [GS = 37***, CD = 6.4]

  39. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43.7 [GS = 39***, CD = 4.7]

  40. Continental Philosophy Review 45.5 points [GS = 41***, CD = 4.5]

  41. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45.5 points [GS = 42***, CD = 3.5]

  42. American Philosophy Quarterly 45.8 points [GS = 40*** , CD = 5.8]

  43. Phronesis 47.3 [GS = 45***, CD = 2.3]

  44. Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie 48.1 points [GS = 46***, CD = 2.1]

  45. Acta Analytica 48.6 [GS = 43***, CD = 5.6]

  46. Review of Metaphysics 51.1 points [GS = 47***, CD = 4.1]

  47. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 51.2 points [GS = 44***, CD = 7.2]

N.B. In the case of a tie, the Google Scholar ranking is prioritised.

To calculate CD I took the total number of citable documents 2010-2012, divided by 3, then divided this number by 5 to weight it against the Google Scholar 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, the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, Philosophical Psychology, Studies in Philosophy and Education), so I have calculated these manually from the publisher’s website 2010-2012.

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

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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, The Philosophical 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. Journals with the same h5-index and h5-median scores via Google Scholar I have preferenced the journal with a smaller number of citable documents. 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 Hypatia**** (h5-index = 14, h5-median = 21, CD = 4.0)

27 Economics and Philosophy (h5-index = 12, h5-median = 19, CD = 2.8)
28 Inquiry (h5-index = 12, h5-median = 19, CD = 6.5)
29 Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic (h5-index = 12, h5-median = 15)
30 European Journal of Philosophy (h5-index = 10, h5-median = 17)
31 The Monist (h5-index = 10, h5-median = 15)
32 Dialectica**** (h5-index = 10, h5-median 14, CD 5.3)

33 Social Philosophy and Policy (h5-index 10, h5-median = 13, CD = 4.9)
34 Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (h5-index 10, h5-median = 13, CD = 5.7)
35 Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (h5-index = 9, h5-median = 16)
36 Ratio (h5-index = 9, h5-median = 11, CD = 5.5)
37 The Southern Journal of Philosophy**** (h5-index = 9, h5-median = 11, CD 6.4)
38 Utilitas (h5-index = 9, h5-median = 10)
39 Canadian Journal of Philosophy (h5-index = 8, h5-median = 14)
40 American Philosophy Quarterly (h5-index = 8, h5-median = 13)
41 Continental Philosophy Review (h5-index = 8, h5-median = 9)
42 Journal of the History of Philosophy (h5-index = 7, h5-median = 14)
43 Acta Analytica**** (h5-index = 7, h5-median 10, CD 5.6)

44 British Journal for the History of Philosophy (h5-index = 5, h5-median = 6)
45 Phronesis**** (h5-index = 5, h5-median = 6, CD = 2.3)

46 Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie (h5-index = 4, h5-median = 12)
47 Review of Metaphysics (h5-index = 4, h5-median = 5)

**** UPDATE 10/07/14 Based on this post by Leiter regarding journals that he did not include in his original metric, I thought readers might be interested in how non-Leiter reviewed journals fared in this non-reputational metric.

NB I have only included journals that rank higher in Google Scholar than the lowest ranked Leiter rated journal (e.g.
The British Journal for the History of Philosophy). Readers are welcome to suggest other philosophy journals that Google Scholar ranks higher than The British Journal for the History of Philosophy for me to consider in this ranking, though I am reluctant to consider more than 50 journals in total.

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

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