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Research impact and citation analysis: Institutional impact

University rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities an annual publication first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Methodology used:

  • 10% Alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields medals
  • 20% Staff winning Nobel Prizes and Field Medals
  • 20% number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific and included in their database, Essential Science Indicators
  • 20% number of articles published in the journals, Nature and Science
  • 20% number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index
  • 10% per capita academic performance with respect to the size of an institution.

QS World University Rankings compares the top 800 universities across four broad areas of interest to prospective students: research, teaching, employability and international outlook.The top 400 universities are given individual ranking positions, and after this universities are placed within a group, starting from 401-410, up to 701+.

Methodology used:

  • 40% Academic Reputation from global survey
  • 10% Employer Reputation from global survey
  • 20% Citations per Faculty from Scopus
  • 20% Faculty/Student Ratio
  • 5% proportion of International Students
  • 5% proportion of International Faculty

 Discussion on methodology used for QS World University Rankings.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks global universities across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

Methodology uses 13 performance indicators, grouped into the following 5 areas:

  • 30% Teaching — the learning environment (reputational survey - teaching, PHD awards per academic, undergraduates admitted per academic, income per academic, PHD awards/bachelor awards)
  • 30% Research — volume, income and reputation (papers per academic  and research student, reputational survey - research, scaled research income)
  • 30% Citations — research influence (normalised average citations per paper)
  • 2.5% Industry Income — innovation (research income from industry per academic)
  • 7.5% International Outlook — ratio of international to domestic staff, ratio of international to domestic students, proportion of international co-authored research papers.


Web rankings

Discussion about rankings