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Ranking of Tax Journals – The Way Forward


This paper is concerned with the ranking of academic tax journals. The project started as a response to the former federal government’s Research Quality Framework (RQF). The RQF has now been replaced by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative which, in many ways, is not unlike the RQF. As part of the ERA initiative, the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) and the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) all have released their lists of journal rankings. These lists include tax journals. The ranking of tax journals by the ARC and the ABDC are broadly similar. The ARC’s and the ABDC’s ranking of tax journals are controversial and are not supported by Australian tax academics. There are omissions and inconsistencies. Most importantly, their ranking methodologies appear to be ad hoc, so it is virtually impossible to assess their validity. Most of the ranking problems seem to arise from the facts that tax research is multidisciplinary and tax issues tend to be country-specific. Thus, treating tax as a sub-discipline of accounting, finance or law and ranking tax journals with accounting, finance and law journals will invariably produce unsatisfactory and inconsistent results.

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Kalmen Datt
Kalmen is a senior lecturer in the School of Taxation and Business Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia and teaches courses which include GST, CGT, International Tax and Tax Litigation. Kalmen was previously a barrister in South Africa and a solicitor/barrister in NZ and has been admitted as a solicitor in Australia. He has practiced in courts of first instance and appeal. He has completed courses in mediation and has appeared in mediations and arbitrations as counsel. Prior to immigrating to Australia, Kalmen was a solicitor with Inland Revenue (IRD) in NZ advising on tax issues and was an advisor to a specialist anti avoidance team at IRD. He assisted the School of Business at the University of Auckland in teaching various tax courses. Kalmen has successfully completed the Common Professional exams in the UK. - Current at 21 October 2019
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Binh Tran-Nam
Binh is a Professor, School of Taxation & Business Law, UNSW Australia and RMIT Asia Graduate Centre, RMIT University Vietnam, and International Fellow, Tax Administration Research Centre, Exeter University-Institute for Fiscal Studies. - Current at 03 November 2016
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Dr Alfred Tran CTA
Alfred is a Honorary Associate Professor, Research School of Accounting, The Australian National University. - Current at 17 April 2020
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