Qualifying Publications


Publications that qualify for ERIM Membership are articles in journals on the ERIM Journal List, articles in other journals with a sufficiently high ISI impact factor, as defined below, and books and contributions to books.

Publications in journals on the ERIM Journal List (EJL)

The requirements for the different types of ERIM Membership depend upon the numbers of qualifying publications in different outlets. The main journals are listed in the ERIM Journal List, and are divided into:

  • P* (primary star);
  • M* (managerial, full article);
  • P (primary);
  • S (secondary).

For regular membership, M* publications (full articles in managerial journals) are treated as P.

Publications in journals outside the ERIM Journal List

Publications in non-EJL journals can be declared equivalent to publications in the ERIM Journal List. EJL-equivalent journals are typically top journals of the “mother-disciplines” of research in management, such as economics, sociology and psychology and publications in methodological journals. Formally, a journal classifies as “EJL-equivalent” if:

(A) it is included in the Thomson Reuters (ISI) Web of Science (WOS) in the (Social) Science Citation Index (SCI / SSCI journal),

and

(B) the journal's impact factor is such that it ranks in at least the top quartile (highest 25%) of the most relevant ISI Subject Category (averaged over the most recent five years). This is called the “non-core ISI 1st quartile” category. If a journal is listed in multiple ISI subject categories, often with different quartile scores, the most favourable (the best listing) is applied by ERIM for membership calculations,

or

(C) the journal’s impact factor is such that it ranks in the top 10% of the most relevant ISI Subject Category (averaged over the most recent five years). This is referred to as the “non-core ISI 1st decile” category. If a journal is listed in multiple ISI subject categories, often with different decile scores, the most favourable is applied.

All ISI journals and subject categories are disclosed in the Journals Citation Reports (JCR) through the Thomson Reuters (ISI) Web of Science (WOS).

EJL-equivalent publications play a role for the membership criteria, and are classified in two categories:

  • EP* (top decile ISI publication, outside EJL);
  • EP (top quartile ISI publication, outside EJL).

To facilitate the publishing strategy of our members, an up-to-date analysis of the ISI Web of Science citation performance in quartiles and deciles of EJL and non-EJL journals is published on MyERIM (protected with ERNA login).

Books and contributions to books

Finally, publications can qualify if they are either academic books (as author) or contributions to books in the field of management, provided these are of a recognized academic standing. We categorize these as:

  • B (book or book chapter);
  • B* (influential book).

Book chapters and books should be published in English with a selected set of high-quality academic publishing houses (available on myerim). Books can target academic, managerial or student audiences. The Scientific Director of ERIM decides on the classification of a book as either B or B*, based on the evidence provided by the author and external sources (e.g. Google Scholar, CERES).