Journal rankings identify the most respected publications in a field, and can influence which sources to read to remain current, as well as which journals to target when publishing. Ranking studies also help track the progress of the field, identifying core journals and research topics, and tracking changes in these topics and perceptions over time. Past journal ranking studies have consistently found Communications of the ACM (CACM) to be very highly respected within the IS discipline. However, the exact nature of its relationships to other IS journals has not been thoroughly examined. In this article, we report a social network analysis (SNA) of 120 journals for the purpose of exploring in detail CACM's position within the IS journal network.
The Centrality and Prestige of CACM
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