Nul points for top ten journal idea 3

February 4, 2005

Groundbreaking paradigm-shift research that challenges existing orthodoxies and moves disciplines in new directions is surely desirable.

But such work does not necessarily find a welcome in distinguished journals of the day that seek to reflect received wisdom. The creation of a top ten thereby risks ossifying the discipline and stifling innovation. Any academic engaging with this initiative should first be encouraged to list the top ten journals of 50 years ago and be required to comment on why the two lists differ.

Alan Hallsworth
Surrey University

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