Two Decades of the Webometrics Ranking

The Ranking Web of Universities, better known as Webometrics, is published twice a year by the Cybermetrics Lab, which is part of the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. It started in 2004 and has expanded to include over 32,000 institutions.

The current indicators are:

Visibility; number of external networks linking to webpages (weighting 50%)

Transparency (or Openness; number of citations from top 310 authors (minus top 30) in Google Scholar Profiles (10%)

Excellence (or Scholar); number of papers in 10% most cited in 27 disciplines (40%).

The Presence indicator, the number of pages in university webdomains has been discontinued because it was too easy to game.

The current ranking provides an indication of the changing landscape of higher education during the pandemic years. Comparing the current edition with that published in January 2000, the number of US institutions in the top 1,000 has fallen from 266 to 251. British, German, French, and Brazilian universities also noted significant declines over the three-year period.

On the other hand, the number of Chinese, Indian, Russian, South Korean and Iranian universities has increased, suggesting that the balance of research power may be shifting from Europe and the Americas to Asia and the Middle East.



Ranking Web of Universities

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