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Number of Russian Institutions in US News & World Report Ranking Doubles Thanks to Project 5-100 Universities

October 9, 2015

The rating is published annually by the American media company U.S. News & World Report and is known for its strict selection criteria. This year, the following Russian universities are listed in the ranking: Lomonosov Moscow State University (227th place), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (465th place), St. Petersburg State University (515th place) and Novosibirsk State University (672nd).  Project 5-100 members (NSU and MEPhI) are also listed in the Physics by-subject ranking. MEPhI is in 127th place, NSU 170th while Moscow State has managed to climb into the ranks of the leaders in the field of physics, now occupying 23rd place. St. Petersburg State is the 241st p position, while MEPhI has risen to 20th place in the world for the number of co-authored international publications.

Accordingly, the number of Russian universities has doubled in the past year; in the field of physics this figure has increased by 200 per cent, thanks to the leading Project 5-100 universities; last year, only MSU and St. Petersburg State were listed in the general ranking and of the two - only MSU had managed to attain the physics ranking.

In order to enter the category of ranked universities, an institution must be in the top 200 based on the results of the Academic Reputation Survey – a study annually conducted by Thomson Reuters. The second possibility to achieve this lofty destination is through the number of publications accepted by scientific journals indexed by the Web of Science over a five-year period (2009-2013).

U.S. News Best Global Universities considers as one of its primary measuring sticks the reputation of the university under consideration in the academic community: its publishing activity (books and conference materials are calculated separately), citations (4 indicators), joint research with international scientists, the number of PhDs awarded by the institution, as well as other factors – all in all a total of 12 indicators. The data comes from InCites – an online tool for comparison and evaluation of scientific organizations and research on the basis of scientometric information provided by the Web of Science database. In 2016, no less than 750 universities from 57 countries will be ranked by U.S. News Best Global Universities (last year, 500 universities from 49 countries). Each university has a profile page on, where the scores obtained for all 12 indicators are provided.