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Scimago vs Devitt's LGSCD ranking for Top Philosophy Journals

Here I add the Scimago Quartile rankings to the Devitt's LGSCD journal rankings for 2011-2015 within the discipline of 'philosophy'. For more information about Quartile rankings see here.

I have chosen both the mode and recency to pick the value, e.g. if a journal is Q1 for 3-5 years 2011-2015 then I rank it Q1, so long as it has ranked Q1 in 2015. The reason for this method is to assist Academics who are being evaluated in 2016 for the quality of their publications. I assume that Quartile ranking for the most recent year (i.e. 2015) is more relevant than the ranking of previous years if there is variance.


  1. Noûs 14 points [GS = 4, L = 3, CD = 7] [Q1]

  2. Ethics 16 points [GS = 10**, L = 6, CD = 4] [Q1]

  3. Mind 18 points [GS = 8*, L = 4, CD = 6] [Q1]

  4. Journal of Philosophy 20 points [GS = 13**, L = 2, CD = 5] [Q1]

  5. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 23 points [GS = 5, L = 5, CD = 13] [Q1]

  6. The Philosophical Review 25 points [GS = 21**, L = 1, CD = 3] [Q1]

  7. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 28 points [GS = 7*, L = 14, CD = 7] [Q1]

  8. Mind & Language 30 points [GS = 3, L = 22, CD = 4.9] [Q1]

  9. Philosophy of Science 33 points [GS = 6*, L = 13, CD = 14] [Q1]

  10. Erkenntnis 35 points [GS = 9**, L = 17, CD = 9] [Q1]

  11. Philosophical Studies 37 points [GS = 2, L = 7, CD = 28] [Q1]

  12. The Philosophical Quarterly 38 points [GS = 19**, L = 11, CD = 8] [No record]

  13. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 41 points [GS = 25***, L = 8, CD = 8] [Q1]

  14. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 42.7 [GS = 19***, L = 19, CD = 4.7] [Q2] [4/5 yrs Q2, 2014 Q1]

  15. Analysis 42.8 points [GS = 22**, L = 10, CD = 10.8] [Q1]

  16. Synthese 43.1 points [GS = 1, L = 11, CD = 31.1] [Q1]

  17. Journal of Philosophical Logic 45 points [GS = 18, L = 21, CD = 6] [Q1]

  18. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 53.2 points [ GS = 33, L = 16, CD = 4.2] [No record]

  19. Biology & Philosophy 53.5 points [GS = 16*, L = 29, CD = 9.5] [Q1]

  20. European Journal of Philosophy 57 points [GS = 29***, L = 24, CD = 5] [Q1] [4/5 yrs Q1, 2012 Q2]

  21. Journal of Political Philosophy 59.7 points [GS = 17*, L = 38, CD = 4.7] [Q1]

  22. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 60.7 points [GS = 31***, L = 23, CD = 5.7] [Q1]

  23. American Philosophy Quarterly 61 points [GS = 37*** , L = 18, CD = 6] [No record]

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

  25. Journal of the History of Philosophy 63 points [GS = 40, L = 20, CD = 3] [Q2] [4/5 yrs Q2, 2015 Q1]

  26. Economics and Philosophy 64 points [GS = 26***, L = 35, CD = 3] [Q1]

  27. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 71 points [GS = 28, L = 37, CD = 6] [Q2] [3/5 yrs Q2, 2/5 yrs Q3]

  28. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 72 points [GS = 40, L = 25, CD = 7] [Q2] [5/5 yrs Q2]

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

  30. Ratio 78 points [GS = 34, L = 39, CD = 5] [Q1] [4/5 yrs Q1, 2011 Q3]

  31. Utilitas 81.8 points [GS = 35, L = 43, CD = 3.8] [Q1] [3/5 yrs Q1, 2011-2012 Q2]

  32. Social Philosophy and Policy 81.9 points [GS = 32, L = 45, CD = 4.9] [Q2] [3/5 yrs Q2, 2012 + 2015 Q1]

  33. Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie 84 points [GS = 41, L = 41, CD = 2] [Q2]

  34. Continental Philosophy Review 88 points [GS = 38, L = 46, CD = 4] [Q2] [3yrs Q2, 2012 + 2014 Q3]

  35. Review of Metaphysics 90 points [GS = 42, L = 44, CD = 4] [Q3] [3yrs Q3, 2012 + 2013 Q2]


Journals not indexed by Google metrics:
Philosophy and Public Affairs [Q1]
Philosopher's Imprint [Q1]
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy [No record]
Philosophical Perspectives [undefined] [no score 2013-2014, 2015 Q3]
Linguistics & Philosophy [Q1]
Midwest Studies in Philosophy [Q3] [2/5 Q3, 2011 Q1, 2012 Q2, 2014 Q4]
Oxford Studies in Metaethics [No record]
Oxford Studies in Epistemology [No record]
History of Philosophy Quarterly [Q2] [3/4 Q2, 2015 Q3, 2011 no score]
Philosophical Topics [Q4] [2/4 Q4, 2015 Q2, 2014 Q3]

Journals ranked in the top 20 of Google Scholar that did not rank in Leiter.
11 Journal of Consciousness Studies [Q2] [3/5 Q1, 2013 + 2015 Q2]
12 Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences [Q1]
14 Review of Philosophy and Psychology [Q1]
15 Philosophical Psychology [Q1]
20 Metaphilosophy [Q1] [4/5 Q1, 2011 Q2]
23 Studies in Philosophy and Education [Q2] [4/5 Q1, 2015 Q2]
24 Philosophy Compass [Q1] [2/3 Q1, 2013 Q2]

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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