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ABDC Journal Quality List - Australian Business Deans Council

Your lecturers may ask you to use journals on the ABDC list to find good quality articles for your assignments.

What is the ABDC list?

The ABDC list is a list of journals compiled by the Australian Business Deans Council.

You can use this list to check the quality of business journals.

The ABDC list is based on four rating categories: A*, A, B and C.

A* and A journals are the top-rated journals in Business. If you're using articles from these journals, you can be guaranteed the information is valuable and accurate.

How to access the ABDC list

To access the 2019 ABDC Journal Quality List, go to this link: https://abdc.edu.au/research/abdc-journal-quality-list/

How do you use the ABDC list?

You can’t use the ABDC list to find journal articles on your assignment topic.

It’s a tool you can use once you’ve found some articles to check if they were published in good quality journals.

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Step 1

Search for journal articles on your assignment topic.

Step 2

When you find an article that looks useful for your assignment, go to the ABDC list and search for the title of the journal where the article was published.

Step 3

If the journal is on the list, it’s a reputable source according to the Australian Business Deans Council. The journal will have a rating anywhere from C (lowest) to A* (highest).

I used Google Scholar and the Library's Business databases to search for articles about trading cryptocurrency.

This article looks interesting, but I'm not sure if it was published in a good quality journal:

Kyriazis, N. A. (2019). A survey on efficiency and profitable trading opportunities in cryptocurrency markets. Journal of Risk and Financial Management, 12(2), 67.

I searched for the Journal of Risk and Financial Management in the ABDC list.

The journal appears on the ABDC list and was assigned a B rating. 

This means it's not a top-rated journal. However, it's still a good quality journal and I can use this article for my assignment.

Google Scholar - warning

Google Scholar doesn’t let you limit your search to peer-reviewed content

Your search results may include draft versions of articles that haven’t been through the peer-review process as well as articles published in low-quality journals. 

If you find a useful article in Google Scholar, use the ABDC list to check that it was published in a good quality journal.

What if a journal isn’t on the ABDC list?

Business journals

Option 1) Check the website of the journal. Is it a peer-reviewed journal? Is it affiliated with a university or professional society? Is the journal held in the Library's collection?

Option 2) Use the Library's databases to find other journal articles on your assignment topic.


Journals in other subject areas

The ABDC list only includes Business journals.

You can use the SCImago journal list to check the quality of journals in many other fields.

Note: SCImago has limited coverage of journals in Law and the Arts and Social Sciences.