Methodology

Three key aspects are identified for the World University Research Rankings, namely research multi-disciplinarity, research impact and research collaborative-ness. To quantitatively measure these three aspects, 7 indicators are selected with Web of Science as the source of data, using the OECD schema, as shown below. For each university, its values for these 7 indicators will be normalised and aggregated for respective rankings.

 

Aspect Indicator Measurement by indicator Indicator’s weightage in overall score
Research multi-disciplinarity
  1. % multi-field documents
Degree of multi-disciplinary research across different fields 1/7
  1. % multi-category documents
Degree of multi-disciplinary research across different categories within same research field 1/7
Research impact
  1. Category Normalised Citation Impact
Average standard of University’s research impact 1/7
  1. % documents in Q1 journals (Top quartile of journals based on Journal Impact Factor)
Proportion of University’s publications in most impactful journals 1/7
  1. % documents in top 1% most cited documents by field, year and document type
Proportion of peaks of excellence in University’s research impact 1/7
Research collaborative-ness
  1. % industry collaboration
Degree of collaborative-ness across academia-industry boundaries 1/7
  1. % international collaboration
Degree of collaborative-ness across international borders 1/7

Reference:
InCites Indicators Handbook

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