According to a forthcoming paper in Scientometrics, the top journal in environmental economics is the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Yawn. Everyone knows that. The more interesting rankings are for the next couple of tiers of journals.
Here are the rankings according to 2006 Impact Factors:
- Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (JEEM)
- Ecological Economics (EE)
- American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE)
- Resource and Energy Economics (REE)
- Energy Journal (EJ)
- Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AJARE)
- Land Economics (Land)
- Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE)
- Environment and Development Economics (EDE)
- Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (JARE)
- Natural Resources Journal (NRJ)
Here are the rankings according to a survey of attendees of the 3rd World Congress:
I don't really have any serious quibbles with the 1-7 rankings according to the survey of attendees (i.e., raw impact factors are somewhat bogus*). In positions 8-11 and beyond I would need to include some journals in the List of Missing Journals. In the order that they appear in Table 5 of the Scientometrics paper I might like (for various reasons):
- Energy Economics
- Natural Resource Modeling
- Marine Resource Economics
- Energy Policy
- Journal of Environmental Management
- Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Water Resources Research
- Agricultural and Resource Economics Review
- Papers in EE are heavily cited by papers that appear in EE. Most of these papers have little appeal outside of this community.
- Land and REE are published only four times each year. Fewer papers means fewer citations and lower impact factors.
- No offense to the Australians, but how does AJARE rank #6 in impact factors?