March 5, 2013, by Graham Kendall

Ranking’s research impact indicator is skewed

Thanks to Chris Ennew for pointing me towards this article from the University World News web site.

It starts:

The 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings consisted of 13 indicators grouped into five clusters. One of these clusters consisted of precisely one indicator, research impact, which is measured by normalised citations and which THE considers to be the flagship of the rankings.

It is noticeable that this indicator, prepared for THE by Thomson Reuters, gives some universities implausibly high scores …” [see more]


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