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Webometrics Ranking of World Universities

Did you know it is the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is an initiative by the Cybermetrics Lab i.e. a research group of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), recognised as the largest Spanish public research body. Incepted in 2004, it intends to offer full coverage of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) irrespective of the country or discipline. Currently, it ranks 30,000 HEIs from more than 200 countries. It’s the 18th year of publication this year.

Indicators

Meaning

Methodology

Source

Weight

Visibility

Web contents Impact

Number of external networks (subnets) linking to the institution's webpages (normalised and then average value)

Ahrefs
 Majestic

50%

Transparency
(or openness)

Top cited researchers

Number of citations from Top 210 authors (excl. top 20 outliers)

Google Scholar
Profiles

10%

Excellence
(or scholar)

Top cited
papers

Number of papers amongst the top 10% most cited in each one of the 26 disciplines of the full database
  Data for the five years: 2015-2019

Scimago

40%


The Ranking Web or Webometrics is known as the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions. It offers an independent, objective, and open scientific exercise for reliable up-to-date, multidimensional, and useful information w.r.t performance of universities across the world every six months.

The main objective of the Ranking Web is to encourage open access to the knowledge produced by a university. The Ranking Web editors are scientists working in world-class public research institutions with considerable experience in metrics-guided evaluation. The rankings are a research project and changes in the methodology are in line with the new findings or the availability of sources. The next Webometrics Ranking is expected to come out in July 2022.

Top 20 universities by Webometrics Ranking (January 2021 Edition)

Rank

Institution

Location

Impact Rank

Openness Rank

Excellence Rank

1

Harvard University

US

1

1

1

Stanford University

US

3

2

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

US

1

4

10

University of California Berkeley

US

4

3

18

University of Michigan

US

9

10

7

University of Oxford

UK

15

7

4

University of Washington

US

6

64

9

Columbia University

US

8

8

13

Cornell University

US

5

15

24

10

University of Cambridge

US

19

5

12

11

University of Pennsylvania

US

13

11

14

12

Johns Hopkins University

US

17

35

8

13

University of California (LA)

US

18

9

15

14

Yale University

US

11

14

26

15

UCL University College London

UK

48

12

6

16 

University of California-San Diego

US

27

6

19

17

University of Toronto

Canada

36

22

11

18

University of Wisconsin Madison

US

12

26

44

19 

University of Minnesota System

US

14

20

39

20 

Duke University

US

30

13

27

Source: https://www.webometrics.info/en/world 

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Updated on September 22, 2021

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