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Comparing university rankings

Comparing university rankings

JournalScientometrics
PublisherAkadémiai Kiadó, co-published with Springer Science+Business Media B.V., Formerly Kluwer Academic Publishers B.V.
ISSN0138-9130 (Print)
1588-2861 (Online)
SubjectComputer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Information Storage and Retrieval, Library Science and Interdisciplinary Studies
IssueVolume 85, Number 1
Pages243-256
DOI10.1007/s11192-010-0190-z
Subject GroupComputer Science
Online DateTuesday, February 23, 2010
Authors
Isidro F. Aguillo1 Email for isidro.aguillo@cchs.csic.es, Judit Bar-Ilan2 Email for barilaj@mail.biu.ac.il, Mark Levene3 Email for m.levene@dcs.bbk.ac.uk, José Luis Ortega4 Email for jortega@orgc.csic.es

1Cybermetrics Lab, CCHS – CSIC, Albasanz, 26-28, 28037 Madrid, Spain
2Department of Information Science, Bar-Ilan University, 52900 Ramat Gan, Israel
3School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck University of London, London, WC1E 7HX UK
4Scientific Programming Division, VICYT – CSIC, Serrano, 113, 28006 Madrid, Spain

Abstract

Abstract  
Recently there is increasing interest in university rankings. Annual rankings of world universities are published by QS for the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Higher Education and Accreditation Council of Taiwan and rankings based on Web visibility by the Cybermetrics Lab at CSIC. In this paper we compare the rankings using a set of similarity measures. For the rankings that are being published for a number of years we also examine longitudinal patterns. The rankings limited to European universities are compared to the ranking of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University. The findings show that there are reasonable similarities between the rankings, even though each applies a different methodology. The biggest differences are between the rankings provided by the QS-Times Higher Education Supplement and the Ranking Web of the CSIC Cybermetrics Lab. The highest similarities were observed between the Taiwanese and the Leiden rankings from European universities. Overall the similarities are increased when the comparison is limited to the European universities.

Keywords
Ranking, Universities, Shanghai ranking, Times ranking, Taiwan ranking, Leiden ranking, Webometrics ranking, Comparative analysis
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