Journal-Ranking System Goes Down Under Weight of Controversy

The Australian government abandoned its journal-ranking system yesterday, amid complaints that haphazard ranks—reported in The Chronicle—were affecting research financing and the careers of academics. The system was part of an overall initiative called Excellence in Research for Australia, which helps the government decide how much money goes to a given research unit at a university. Aspects of the journal rankings had been considered for possible adoption in the United States and Europe.

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