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Of the two adjectives, Top-level and leading, which one is stronger?

Which journal is more prestigious, a top level one or a leading one?

  • i am talking about scientific journal here. – noot Jun 24 '14 at 22:42
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Leading is stronger, especially for a scientific journal. It indicates that the journal's authority is in it's relevance and contribution to modern society.

Top-level simply implies that it is an established publication, which may not always be the highest quality or most modern.

  • but the dictionary says that top-level involves those of the highest authority. – noot Jun 24 '14 at 22:58

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