Webometrics Releases New RankingAugust 12, 2015
The Spanish research group Cybermetrics Lab has recently published the results of the rating Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. According to the new data, several Project 5-100 universities have strengthened their ‘web presence’ positions and thus risen in the rating – MEPhI (from 998th to 814th place), St. Petersburg Polytechnic (from 1104th to 991st place), ITMO University (from 1949th to 1021t place) and MISiS (from 2363rd to 2098th).
Webometrics, published twice a year, ranks approximately 20,000 world universities. The methodology of the ranking is based on four indicators, each having its own specific weight. The most important indicator – ‘visibility’ - consists of the number of links received from other internet resources, and the weight here is 50%.The aggregate weight of the remaining three indicators is also 50%: ‘presence’ (number of Google-indexed webpages hosted on the main web-domain), ‘excellence’ (citation of scientific publications based on the analytical data provided by the research group SCimago Lab) and ‘openness’ (number of rich files uploaded on the internet portal indexed by the Google search engine).
Most of Project 5-100 universities have managed to improve their indicators for the following three parameters: (1) visibility; (2) presence; and (3) excellence. Several universities have made a real breakthrough in the rankings. For example, the newly updated website of St. Petersburg Polytechnic rose in the ranking by more than 800 points (compared to its February result) thanks to the number of external links. ITMO University has improved the same indicator by more than 350 positions.
As far as the size indicator is concerned, MISiS, Samara Aerospace University, ITMO University, St. Petersburg Polytechnic and Ural Federal University have risen by 500 and more points, while the Internet portal of Higher School of Economics made it into the top 200. Twelve of fifteen Project 5-100 universities have got better results for the quality of their publications compared to the previous ranking.