The three published ranking lists are:
- European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) (published in 2007) (A, B, or C)
- Excellence in Research for Australia Initiative (ERA) (published in 2010) (A*, A, B, or C)
- J.A. Fitzmyer, An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture (Rome: PIB, 1990), 12-21 (which marks the top journals with a double asterisk).
The personal ranking is simply a PMH top five. Personal opinion based on experience, discussion, rejection rates (when known), editors.
The top tier is simply those journals ranked at the top of all four lists:
The second tier are those journals lacking a single top rank:
JBL (**) [ERIH: B] [ERA A*] [PMH5]
JTS [ERIH: A] [ERA A*] [PMH5]
Rev. Bib. (**) [ERIH: A] [ERA A]
Biblica (**) [ERIH: A] [ERA A*]
CBQ (**) [ERIH: A] [ERA A*]
The third tier is the one other journal lacking two separate top rankings:
Nov. Test. [ERIH: A] [ERA A] [PMH5]
This list works well - the Fitzmyer ratings are very dated in my opinion (although for Biblica and CBQ confirmed by both other systems) but they are balanced by my own opinions. It is nice to have eight on the list because it leaves two spaces free so that you can personalise your own top ten. Clearly it is not (!) open for discussion.
[I got some links from Mark Goodacre]