Ranking Academic Journals by “Novelty”

Interesting reading from VoxEU.org: Exploration in science and ranking journals by novelty. “What is the problem with rankings based on citations? For one, they do not depend at all on what kind of science is being pursued – they make no distinction between novel and conventional science. Though a highly cited paper might play with novel ideas, there is no intrinsic reason for it to do so….To address this problem, we recently developed a new journal ranking approach that rewards playing with new ideas, rather than influence (Packalen and Bhattacharya 2015). Journals are ranked based on their propensity to publish articles that build on ideas that are relatively new. Journals that publish articles that build only on well-established knowledge – no matter how influential – are not rewarded in our ranking.”