[[abstract]]For the past decade, science education research has not only gained much attention from educators and teachers throughout the world and many academic journals have been devoted to this field. In order to help researchers to shape their own journal reading and publication efforts, it is appropriate to assess and rank the relative quality of science education related journals. In this paper, we provide information on the editorial operations and manuscript-review processes of science education journals as well as journal ranking results using both subjective and objective approaches. The three subjective indicators were expert judgment, paper submission preferences, and reading preferences as revealed through a survey of researchers. The objective indicator was total number of citations. A composite indicator of quality was established by combining the indicators. The results indicated that the Chinese Journal of Science Education, Proceedings of the National Science Council Part D: Science Education, and Journal of National Taiwan Normal University: Mathematics & Science Education were consistently ranked highly irrespective of which indicators were used. The rankings provide the research community with a better understanding of which science education publication outlets are the most influential in our field and also provide an objective analysis of journal quality available to academic departments or institutes for the assessment of faculty performance. It is noted, however, that the objective of this paper was to assess the relative impacts and quality of journals in the field of science education; for that reason, the results of the current study should not be generalized to other educational research fields.
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