Miscellaneous 2009

Ranking of Tax Journals - The Way Forward

Source: Australian Tax Forum Journal Article

Published Date: 1 Oct 2009

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 The RQF has now been replaced by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative which, in many ways, is not unlike the RQF.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

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Binh Tran-Nam

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