24 J. Legal Aspects Sport 1 (2014)

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Journal of LegalAspects of Sport, 2014, 24, 1-2  Official Journal of SRLA
 2014 Sport and Recreation Law Association

   Perspectives on Journal Impact and the

        Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport

                J. 0. Spengler, University of Florida

                   John J. Miller, Troy University

    The Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport (JLAS) is on solid footing with the
number and quality of submissions on the rise. The journal's relationship with
Human Kinetics Publishing Company has been a large part of this success. Back
issues that were previously inaccessible have been digitized and made available
to scholars and practitioners. This means that JLAS should expect growth in the
number of citations to its articles and improvement in the citation rate.
    Measures of journal quality include those based on a determination of how
often ajournal is cited among scientific journals of similar type (e.g., ISI Journal
Citation Reports) or over a broader spectrum of publications (e.g., Harzing's Publish
or Perish). A measure of quality for law reviews and legal journals by citation rate
also exists (e.g., Washington and Lee School of Law, Law Journals: Submissions
and Rankings). Measures of journal quality, however, are sometimes viewed from
perspectives beyond citation analysis (Shilbury & Rentschler, 2007).
    Some sport and recreation management departments have an internally devel-
oped list of journal rankings in which JLAS is listed as an A ranked or top-tier
publication. Further, a study by Batista and Pittman (2006) identified JLAS as the
most highly ranked sport law journal within the field of sport management. How-
ever, common scientific ranking indices, such as ISI Journal Citation Reports, do
not currently index JLAS. Given the growth phase of the journal, we believe that
this will change, with an ISI Impact Factor listing on the near horizon.
    As we thought more deeply about journal quality and JLAS, additional issues
and questions came to mind. We wondered: What types of JLAS articles (topics)
are most often cited by other journals and publications? Does JLAS have an inter-
national reach? What fields and disciplines cite JLAS? Do high quality and high
impact journals cite the work of our journal authors? To find answers to these
questions, we turned to Harzing's Publish or Perish, a software program that uses
Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search to obtain and analyze academic
citations, and provides certain metrics as well as lists the sources that have cited
a publication of interest. Our intent was to use Harzing to gain perspective on the
quality of our journal and to satisfy our initial curiosity. A more thorough follow-up
would yield additional information. Here is what we discovered.
    First, we used Harzing to find the most cited articles and gain a better under-
standing of article topics that received the most attention in the literature. The

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