29 July 2017

The methodology of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has gone through several changes since the ranking began in 2004. There is a 50% weighting for Visibility, the number of external networks originating back links to the institution’s webpages (data from Ahrefs and Majestic), 35% for Excellence measured by the number of papers among the top 10% most cited in 26 disciplines over a five year period (data from Scimago), 10% for Transparency or Openness, measured by the number of citations from top authors (data from Google Scholar Citations), and 5% for Presence, measured by the number of pages of the main webdomain of the institution (data derived from Google).

The top five universities, all in the USA, are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  4. University of California Berkeley
  5. University of Michigan.

The regional leaders are:

Latin America; Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Europe; University of Oxford, UK

Asia; University of Tokyo, Japan

Africa and CIVETS; University of Cape Town, South Africa

Arab World; King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Oceania; University of Melbourne, Australia

BRICS; Tsinghua University, China

Middle East; Tel Aviv University, Israel

Caribbean; Universidad de Puerto Rico

South East Asia; National University of Singapore

South Asia; Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Central and Eastern Europe; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

North Africa; Cairo University, Egypt.

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is produced by the Cybermetrics Lab, a branch of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), in Madrid.

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