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What is Cabell's
Cabell's was founded in 1978 to help tenure committees, professors, researchers and doctoral students find detailed information for the purpose of evaluating and selecting academic journals. We collect and publish information about academic journals designed to assist professors and researchers in finding journals which are compatible with the style and content of their manuscripts. We currently index over 11,000 journals covering eighteen disciplines in our database. Over 750 universities around the world subscribe to our database. Many of these universities use the database as an indicator of the types of journals to which faculty members should submit manuscripts for publication. Also, accreditation agencies, promotion and tenure committees, and academic administrators use the database as a source of information to evaluate the publication records of faculty members. We work closely with a host of large journal publishers, such as Taylor and Francis, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Emerald, Springer and Sage, to ensure accurate, reliable content in our database. Additionally, we now provide metrics to help authors identify appropriate outlets for their research. It is our desire to provide our customers with the most and the best information in journal quality, submission experience and collection development.
Who is Cabell's designed to help?
Our passion is to be the ultimate source in quality journal selection for all academic researchers and librarians.
Professors and PhD Students from all over the world find convenience and benefit in our database of over 11,000 journals. Our journal team is dedicated to the selection of only quality journals and the utmost accuracy of all journal contact information and manuscript/submission guidelines.
Not only do we provide the “how” and “where” to submit your manuscript, we also offer several valuable journal quality rankings. Most frequently used are:
Thomson Reuters Journal Impact Factor
Cabell's Classification Index (CCI©)- which provides a visual and metric analysis of influence rankings both by topic area and discipline.
Cabell's Difficulty of Acceptance (DA)© - is used to determine the varying degrees of difficulty authors encounter in seeking to have their manuscripts accepted by journals.
Tenure Committees have used Cabell's as a resource for accreditation for over 30 years in their respective disciplines, as well as across disciplines. We offer assurance of the credibility of each journal listed, and boards can use this to assess the journals an author publishes in, as well as to measure the prestige of each of the journals. Additionally, Cabell's has held close relationships/memberships with accreditation agencies such as AACSB, EFMD, NCATE, APA etc. for many years. We strive to provide utmost quality and services up-to-date with the changing trends in academia.
Collection Development: At Cabell's, we recognize the value of academic librarians and their footprint in academic publishing. We will always look for opportunities to continue to expand with the increasing responsibilities of librarians in academia. Acquisitions and resource librarians find our database to be particularly helpful in measuring the value of particular journals while determining where to allocate their funds. We offer journal quality metrics in all disciplines. Additionally, we label our journals with the appropriate “open access” designation. We serve as a “go to” source to share with researching professors and students in choosing the most appropriate, prestigious, quality journal for submitting their research.
Publishers: Since 1978, Cabell's has had a deep appreciation for the editors and publishers that we work with. The updates that we receive make it possible for us to promote and represent each and every one of your journals with complete accuracy and esteem.
How can I get Cabell's as a library resource?
The Cabell's Database can be accessed in several ways. Our sales team is devoted to assisting in customer service and ease of access. Cabell's database is purchased by subscription typically through the library collection development and acquisitions departments. Upon contacting us at , we will assist in contacting the appropriate person, or by recommending it to your subject librarian, who will be contacted by email or through website order. Once the library or your department is a subscriber, access is unlimited and automatic on and off campus-wide via IP authentication and/or username and password.
What is CCI©?
Cabell’s Classification Index (CCI)© is a contextual citation metric designed to analyze the influence of journals from discipline and topic level perspectives. This is the primary distinction between CCI© and other citation measures. To explain further, individual journals have differing levels of importance to academics in different fields; a journal that is highly regarded among computer scientists might be somewhat useful to researchers in marketing and completely unheard of by biologists. The CCI© captures this dynamic in a way that no single-number citation metric can. By normalizing and grading average citation counts for each journal within and between disciplines, the CCI© provides a way for users to understand the influence of each journal within variable disciplinary contexts.
Similarly, each journal is assigned a varying number of topics, areas of specialization that are more focused than discipline categorization. Using these topic assignments, the CCI© lets users better understand a journal’s influence in narrow fields of research. For example, if we are looking at a computer science journal from the perspective of someone in management, the journal might be fairly well regarded in the topic of business management systems but not very influential in business law. Topic-level CCI’s©, once again, capture these nuances and give the user applicable and action-ready information about the journal. Standard citation metrics, on the other hand, provide only a single number that gauges a journal’s citation influence overall, without considering to whom the journal is of interest.
The CCI© is calculated as follows:
Using citation counts from journals from the most recent three years, an average citation count for each journal is calculated. This reduces the importance any one article has on the journal's citation count. Additionally, using a three year period gives more importance to recently published research relative to articles published more than three years ago.
The CCI© classifies the influence of a journal into five categories: Premiere, Significant Influence, High Influence, Qualified and Novice. These categories are determined through statistical analysis of citation counts. Each journal's Z score is calculated, and rankings are based on Z score ranges as follows:
Z ScoreClassification
1.282 or higher (Approximately the first 10% of journals with a citation count)Premiere
0.842 - 1.281 (Approximately the next 11-20% of journals with citation counts)Significant Influence
less than or equal to 0.841 (The remaining journals with citation counts)High Influence
No citation count, but published for a period of 5 or more yearsQualified
No citation count, and published for a period of less than 5 yearsNovice
What is DA©?
DA© stands for Difficulty of Acceptance©. This index is used to quantify the varying degrees of difficulty that authors experience in seeking to get their manuscripts accepted by journals. The measure, essentially, considers how frequently journals publish articles from faculty at institutions with the highest levels of Institutional Publishing Activity (IPA)©. As such, a journal in the highest range of our Difficulty of Acceptance© Index will tend to publish articles mostly from institutions with recognized Institutional Publishing Activity©.
We provide three categories of Difficulty of Acceptance©, determined through statistical analysis of citation counts and author affiliation. The highest category, “Rigorous” is standardized to include approximately the top 10% of the data. The next category, “Significantly Difficult” is standardized to approximately include the next 11-20%. The final category, “Difficult”, accounts for the remainder of journals within the data.
What is IPA©?
IPA© stands for Institutional Publishing Activity©. This is used to explicitly recognize the differences in research resource availability among institutions. These differences result from disparities in the budgets available for research, equipment, facilities, faculty support, research assistance, the rewards for publishing, and the capabilities of individual faculty members. Such factors result in differences in the publishing effectiveness of institutions.
Using citation counts and author affiliations, Cabell's Disciplines classified institutions into three categories: Premiere, Significant, and High Influence (See Cabell's Classification Index). The "Qualified" journals were not included in this calculation because they did not have citation counts.
After classifying the publishing activity of the institutions, the counts in each classification were weighted by the average citations per document (article) for each classification. This weighting system tended to compensate for the smaller percentage of journals in the Premiere (10%) and the Significant (10%) classifications relative to the number of journals in the High Influence (80%) classification. It also recognized the increased importance (i.e. frequency of citation) journals in the Premiere and Significant Influence classifications.
The total weighted score of each institution was normalized using its Z score. The Z score for each institution was calculated through statistical analysis, and rankings are based on Z score ranges as follows:
Institutions which have a Z score of 1.282 or higher are "Recognized Institutions". This classification comprises approximately 10% of the institutions whose faculty members publish in journals with citation counts.
Institutions which have a Z score of 0.842 - 1.281 are "Significant Institutions". This classification comprises the next 11-20% of the institutions whose faculty members publish in journals with citation counts.
Institutions which have a Z score of less than or equal to 0.841 are "High Influence Institutions". This classification comprises the remaining institutions whose faculty members publish in journals with citation counts.
Those institutions whose faculty members publish in journals without citation counts but are accredited by national accreditation associations are labeled as "Accredited". The accreditation associations used to establish this category in each of Cabell's Disciplines are as follows:
DirectoryNational Accreditation Association
AccountingAACSB International
Computer Science-Business Information SystemsAACSB International
Economics and FinanceAACSB International
Education Curriculum and MethodsNCATE
Educational Psychology and AdministrationNCATE
Educational Technology and Library ScienceNCATE
Health AdministrationALA
ManagementAACSB International
MarketingAACSB International
Cabell's Metrics: An introduction
Cabell's offers a suite of metrics to empower our users to make quick and informed decisions. Derived from raw citation data licensed from Scopus®, Cabell's metrics use statistical algorithms to create powerful perspectives for evaluation.
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