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For the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative, which is "designed to assess how to divvy up scarce public funds," the Australian federal government has come up with a new ranking system for academic journals to measure success and rank the overall performance of universities across the country, according to ABC Radio National. As part of the new system, journals are assigned to hierarchical categories; they can be A-star-, A-, B-, or C-ranked journals.

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