World University rankings

League tables of university excellence have been around since 2003 when the first world ranking of universities was produced by Shanghai Jia Tong University.

Citation data features strongly in the methodologies used by Shanghai, THE and QS. In terms of THE for example, citations are the broadest category with a weighting of just under a third of the overall score.

QS consider citations per faculty and allocate a 20% weighting to this. Their final score is based on research citations per faculty diagramperformance factored against the size of the research body (Source: Scopus). It is worth noting that data from Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science is used by THE and Shanghai with QS using citation data from  Elsevier’s Scopus database.

There are many critics of university ranking systems, their use and methodologies. However, despite this, they are noted and often referred to by governments, industry and media.

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My RI by University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the NDLR adapted by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at