03 February 2017

The latest edition of the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has been released. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group affiliated to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. There are four indicators, presence, openness, impact and excellence. The current ranking is dominated by English-speaking universities. The top twenty contains sixteen US universities, three in the UK, Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, and one in Canada, the University of Toronto. Harvard is first in all criteria except for impact which is headed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The top five are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. MIT
  4. University of California Berkeley
  5. University of Michigan.

The top universities in various regions are:

BRICS: University of São Paulo

CIVETS and Africa:University of Cape Town

Asia Pacific: University of Tokyo

Europe:University of Oxford

Central and Eastern Europe: LomonosovMoscow State University

Arab World: King Saud University.

The Cybermetrics Labhas also published data on repositories, the criteria being size, visibility, rich files and Google Scholar entries.

Overall the top five repositories are:

  1. org e-Print Archive
  2. CiteSeerX
  3. Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System
  4. Europe PubMed Central
  5. Research Papers in Economics RePEc.

The top five institutional repositories are:

  1. Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System
  2. NASA Technical Reports Server
  3. University of California eScholarship Repository
  4. CERN Document Server
  5. MIT Institutional Repository.

Source:
Ranking Web of universities

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