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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New webometric ranking of world universities

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has released its January 2008 rankings. 

From the "about the ranking" page:

The original aim of the Ranking was to promote Web publication, not to rank institutions. Supporting Open Access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and to other academic material are our primary targets. However web indicators are very useful for ranking purposes too as they are not based on number of visits or page design but global performance and visibility of the universities....

The Web covers not only only formal (e-journals, repositories) but also informal scholarly communication....

The January 2008 edition includes "a completely new Repositories Ranking according to the webometrics criteria for classifying all the institutional and thematic repositories with an autonomous web domain or subdomain." 


  • This ranking rewards progressive OA policies rather than other strengths, and it's fascinating to see how this alters the conventional standings.  For example, under last year's rankings, Stevan Harnad pointed out that the University of Southampton was "6th in UK, 9th in Europe, and 80th among the top 3000 universities."  This year it's 5th in the UK, 13th in Europe, and 77th among the top 4000.
  • Unfortunately the link to the repositories ranking is dead at the moment, at least for me.  But I'd assume that the problem is temporary and keep trying.
  • Webometrics is an initiative of Spain's Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), which earlier this month launched an OA repository and a policy to encourage grantee self-archiving.