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Journal edited by Cass Professor awarded Social Sciences Citation Index status

Status recognises Asia Pacific Business Review as a leading journal in its area

Asia Pacific Business Review (APBR), co-edited by Cass Professor Chris Rowley, has been awarded the prestigious Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) status.

Inclusion in the index recognises the journal as a leading academic publication in the field of Social Sciences. The SSCI database covers nearly 2500 of the world's leading social sciences journals across 50 disciplines.

Asia Pacific Business Review addresses the origins of national economic success in the Asia Pacific region. It draws together the analysis of culture, economies, history, politics and societies in the area in order to explore business-related phenomena in the Asia Pacific countries.

The publication has been in existence for the last 17 years, publishing articles on Asia Pacific business, including management, economic and related social science topics

The journal was awarded SSCI status by Thomson Reuters and has been selected for coverage in Thomson Reuters products and services.

The SSCI is a database product owned and operated by Thomson Reuters. It is widely recognised as the most authoritative database for the indexing of the highest quality social science journals in the world.

It provides researchers, administrators, faculty, and students with quick access to the bibliographic and citation information they need to find research data, analyse trends, journals and researchers, and share their findings.

To be indexed in the SSCI, the publisher and academic editors of the Journal work together on a written application. This contains numerical data about authors, readership and citations.

It also presents written information about the editorial board, the aims and scope of the Journal and the importance of the field of study that the Journal operates in.

Letters are then submitted by prominent scholars in the field supporting the application.

Professor Chris Rowley, who is the Director of the Centre for Research in Asian Management at Cass said: "In an era of increasing emphasis on journal rankings as an indicator of publication quality, I am delighted that following the excellent news that our journal, Asia Pacific Business Review, was accepted to the SSCI, it has now just received its first Impact Factor."

At the end of June, the 2011 Impact Factors (IF) were released by Thomson Reuters and Asia Pacific Business Review was included for the first time in the database. This IF was calculated by analysing citations made in 2011 to papers published in APBR in 2009 and 2010. According to impact Factor, APBR is placed 94th out of 113 Business journals and 139 of 166 Management journals.

"Achieving this success has required a large amount of time and work with the concerted and determined effort to both encourage quality submissions and obtain timely and rigorous developmental reviewing. In fact, the journal's ranking has already resulted in vastly more submissions and even more work!" continued Rowley.

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