Taiwan Research Rankings

Through ninth level Ireland I saw a post by Richard Holmes on the Taiwan rankings. These are university rankings just for research, and just for science and engineering.

Here is how they compute their rankings, which are based on the Thomson-Reuters (formerly ISI) databases.

  • 25%  to research productivity (number of articles over the last 11 years, number of articles in the current year),
  • 35% to research impact (number of citations over the last 11 years, number of citations in the current year, average number of citations over the last 11 years)
  • 40% to research excellence (h-index over the last 2 years, number of highly cited papers, number of articles in the current year in highly cited journals).

Some of the measures seem to be *absolute* numbers, like the total number of articles over the last 11 years, and not relative numbers. This  favours larger universities. Also, arts and humanities are not counted.

I looked up the Irish universities.

235 Trinity College Dublin

277 University College Dublin

311 Queen’s University Belfast

398 University College Cork

No others in top 500.

I find it interesting that University of London, Royal Holloway comes outside the top 500, and on the other hand is number 11 in the world for research impact according to the THE world rankings. Why is there such a big difference?

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