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:
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of California Berkeley
- 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.