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Webometrics Ranking of World Universities in 2022

Explore the Webometrics Ranking, the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions!

If you are curious to know the ranking of your university before applying to it, you can check out its ranking in the global rankings websites. One of the most popular rankings is the Webometrics rankings. Read on more to know!

What is Webometrics Ranking of World Universities?

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), recognized 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.

Webometrics Rankings indicators

Discover in the table below the Webometrics’ indicators and the meaning of each one:

Indicators Meaning Methodology Source Weight


Web contents Impact Number of external networks (subnets) linking to the institution's webpages (normalized and then average value) Ahrefs Majestic 50%


(or openness)

Top cited researchers Number of citations from Top 110 authors (excl. top 10 outliers) Google Scholar Profiles 10%


(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%

Is Webometrics rank reliable?

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 reliability, 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.

Top 20 universities by Webometrics Ranking (August 2021 Edition)

Find out about your university in Webometrics Ranking of World Universities according to their website.

Rank Institution Location Impact Rank Openness Rank Excellence Rank
1 Harvard University US 1 1 1
2 Stanford University US 3 2 4
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US 2 4 10
4 University of California Berkeley US 4 3 18
5 University of Oxford UK 14 6 5
6 University of Michigan US 8 11 7
7 University of Washington US 6 68 9
8 Cornell University US 5 15 24
9 Columbia University New York US 9 8 15
10 Johns Hopkins University US 16 36 8
11 University of Cambridge UK 17 5 11
12 University of Pennsylvania US 12 10 16
13 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) US 19 9 19
14 Yale University US 11 14 27
15 UCL: University College London UK 43 12 6
16 University of California San Diego US 27 7 23
17 University of Toronto Canada 35 34 12
18 University of Wisconsin Madison US 13 24 47
19 University of Minnesota System US 15 20 45
20 Pennsylvania State University US 10 37 53

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