Subdiscipline-Specific Journal Rankings: Whither Applied Economics?
In light of widespread specialization of research and teaching, it seems appropriate to supplement the existing general rankings of economics journals with subdiscipline-specific rankings. That is the primary objective of this paper. The availability of subdiscipline-specific rankings also permits both (i) alternative journal ranking methods for the general discipline that account for the breadth of a journal's impact across specialized fields, and (ii) estimation of the relative weights implicitly associated with each field in traditional disciplinary journal rankings. The results are robust to the exclusion of self-citations.
Barrett, Christopher B., Aliakbar Olia, and DeeVon Bailey. Subdiscipline-Specific Journal Rankings: Whither Applied Economics? Applied Economics 32(2000):239-52.