ABSEL Research -- A Perspective on the Quality of the Research Presented in the Proceedings


  • Steven C. Gold
  • Peter M. Markulis
  • Daniel R. Strang


This study builds on and extends the work that has been done in the past by researchers who were attempting to assess the quality of research published in the venues most commonly used by ABSEL members. It reviews and categorizes the work that other researchers have done in their efforts to assess the quality of ABSEL research. In this study, an extensive reference analysis is performed on the articles that appear in the ABSEL Proceedings from 1984 to 2013. Reference analysis is also performed on the articles appearing in Simulation & Gaming from 1996 to 2012. A set of metrics used by SCImago is used to put into perspective the quality of articles in the ABSEL Proceedings. Inferences are made about the likely value for the ABSEL Proceedings based on several key indicators of journal quality used in SCImago but not available for ABSEL Proceedings. The paper then uses reference analysis to compare a “typical” paper from the ABSEL Proceedings to a “typical” paper from Simulation & Gaming. Finally, the authors provide some suggestions to raise the perceived quality of the ABSEL Proceedings.