14 July 2017
The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), based in Madrid, has just published the fourth edition of its Ranking of Top Universities by Google Scholar citations. The basic methodology is to use the top ten individual profiles in Google Scholar Citations (excluding the one with the most citations). Universities are then ranked in descending order according to the number of citations listed in the profiles. Participation in this index is voluntary so the representativeness of the ranking might be questioned. Altogether 4,982 universities are ranked.
The top of these rankings shows few surprises. Harvard is in first place followed by Stanford. The top twenty universities include one from Switzerland, four from the UK and 15 from the USA.
The top ten universities are:
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of California Berkeley
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Chicago
- University of Cambridge
- Princeton University
- University College London
- University of Oxford.
There are, however, some universities that do remarkably well such as Radboud University in the Netherlands (75th) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (44th).
The top ranked universities in selected regions and countries include:
- Africa; University of Cape Town (252nd)
- Arab Region; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (184th)
- Asia; Novosibirsk State University (58th)
- Australia; Australian National university (70th)
- China; Tsinghua University (183rd)
- Europe; University of Cambridge (7th)
- Europe ex UK; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (13th)
- India; Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (261st)
- Latin America: Universidade de São Paulo (109th)
- Middle East; Weizmann Institute of Technology(104th)
- Southeast Asia; National University of Singapore (65th).
Ranking Web of Universities