Journal of Place Management and Development recognised for quality by academics worldwide

We start the week with the news that the Journal of Place Management and Development has gained entry on to the influential Academic Journal Guide, published by the Chartered Association of Business Schools. The JPMD is the official journal of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is published by Emerald Group Publishing.

The guide rates the quality of over 1,500 scholarly publications through an exhaustive process of peer review, editorial and expert judgements and citation statistics. Journals have to apply to be included, and the list is updated every three to five years.

JPMD has been added to the category of Regional Studies, Planning and the Environment. Only 28 other journals are ranked in this group. Reviewers have awarded the JPMD a Grade 2 rating, which is given to journals that meet all the accepted standards for academic research and publishing, are well regarded in their field, and often contain excellent practitioner-oriented articles. This last point is especially relevant as members of the Institute of Place Management have access to the JPMD as part of their membership benefits.

Commenting on the news, the journal’s Editor, Professor Dominic Medway said “The Academic Journal Guide impacts upon the publishing decisions of thousands of academics globally so it is important the JPMD is included if we want to attract the best quality research in place management.” 

The news was also welcomed by Dr. Gemma Hemming, the journal’s Managing Editor who said “As the JPMD is only in its 11th year getting a Grade 2 rating is a tremendous achievement.  It takes many years to build the reputation of a journal, and being accepted into this guide shows just how well the editorial team manage the journal”.

The JPMD is currently enjoying higher-than-normal download figures after the publication of an open access issue which contains the findings of the IPM’s High Street UK2020 project. 

The Editorial Team are aiming to be promoted to a Grade 3 journal in the next review of the Academic Journal Guide.  There are currently 4 grades - with Grade 4 being the highest rating.