Statement on 2011 ERIH rankings of Translation Studies journals

The European Society for Translation Studies is concerned and dismayed by the systematic downgrading of Translation Studies journals in the 2011 lists released by the European Science Foundation.

The 2011 ERIH lists place journals in three ranks: INT1 (international with high visibility), INT2 (international with significant visibility), and NAT (of significance in a particular country)

The 2007 and 2011 ranks for Translation Studies journals are as follows:

Name of journal20072011
Across Languages and CulturesINT2INT2
Babel. Revue internationale de la traductionINT2INT2
HermeneusNATNAT
HermesNATNAT
InterpretingINT1INT2
Journal of Specialised TranslationINT2INT2
Linguistica Antverpiensia New SeriesNATNAT
Machine TranslationINT1INT1
MetaINT1INT2
PerspectivesINT2NAT
Quaderns: Revista de traduccióNATNAT
TargetINT1INT1
Translation and LiteratureINT2INT2
TTR – Traduction, Terminologie et Redaction INT1INT2
The TranslatorINT1INT1

It is difficult to understand why some journals are downgraded to or remain stuck in the ‘national’ category when they have editorial boards and/or advisory boards that are international. Likewise, it is absolutely unclear why some other journals were downgraded from INT1 to INT2.

In view of this systematic lack of recognition, following its general concern for the poor ratings of Translation Studies journals, and in support of similar complaints by the Canadian Association of Translation Studies, the European Society for Translation Studies takes the following measures:

  1. We urge the European Science Foundation to establish a category for Translation Studies as a discipline, as they have done for Gender Studies, Classical Studies, and Religious Studies.
  2. We insist that any committee evaluating Translation Studies journal include some members who are experts in Translation Studies.
  3. We urge our members not to use the ERIH lists for “bibliometric information or assessment processes of individual candidates, be it for positions, promotions, research grant awards etc.” (as ERIH itself requests).

European Society for Translation Studies
June 5, 2011

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