Here are the rankings from Rousseau, Verbeke and Rousseeau (2009) based citations as of 10/2/07 to articles published during 2001-2004 (with 2005 ISI impact factors in parentheses):
- Ecological Economics (1.179)
- Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (1.529)
- Land Economics (0.974)
- Resource and Energy Economics (1.541)
- Energy Journal (0.707)
- Environmental and Resource Economics (0.49)
- American Journal of Agricultural Economics (0.967)
- Energy Economics (0.564)
- Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics (0.867)
- Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (0.347)
- Environment and Development Economics (0.323)
- Natural Resource Journal (0.556)
- Any ranking that does not find JEEM #1 is suspect.
- The conclusions discuss self-citations (which would penalize Ecological Economics) but the results are not presented. The knock here is that ecological economics doesn't have much influence beyond ecological economics.
- ERE is difficult to rank with TOP-curve. It has a few highly cited papers including the highest cited paper (Carson, Flores and Meade 2001) but the rest of the papers (e.g. this one) are mediocre.
- AJAE gets creamed [all the Aggies go "I hate 'TOP-Curve' analysis]. It is usually ranked higher.
- REE ranks higher than usual and it is the lowest in self-citations.
- Where is Marine Resource Economics? Not included in ISI during the time period?
Sandra Rousseau, Tom Verbeke, and Ronald Rousseau, "Evaluating Environmental and Resource Economics Journals: A TOP-Curve Approach," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy Advance, May 1, 2009, DOI 10.1093/reep/rep002.
Abstract: This article applies an alternative approach to the measurement of scholarly quality, namely the use of TOP-curves, in order to rank journals in the field of environmental and resource economics. This measure summarizes the incidence, intensity, and inequality of these journals’ highly cited articles. Moreover, TOP-curves allow analysts to rank journals according to TOP-dominance. The journal ranking based on the TOP-dominance criterion does not match the ranking based on the journals’ impact factors. Indeed, TOP-curves provide more detailed information on the relative ranking of journals since they take into account the composition and the distribution of citations within the top group.