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Ruth’s Rankings 29: From Bibliometrics to Geopolitics: An Overview of Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education edited by Ellen Hazelkorn

“…regardless of our views about their merit or otherwise, rankings matter” (Hazelkorn 2017, pg. 1) “Universities…are obsessed with gaining status in one or more national or global rankings…They should quit now”. (Altbach &Hazelkorn, 2017) By Ruth A. Pagell* (1 September 2017) Our first columns in 2014 introduced bibliometrics. We then presented the various rankings, their […]

September 1, 2017 - 11:14 am
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! ARWU 2017: The more the merrier

Harvard University is number one in the world as it has been since 2003. The University of Tokyo remains number one in Asia. Prince of Songkla University enters the ranking with a Highly Cited author. (17 August 2017) Updates of ARWU (Academic Rankings of World Universities, from the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy) are often not newsworthy. […]

August 17, 2017 - 1:21 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 28: Japanese Universities: Is the sun setting on Japanese higher education?

By Ruth A. Pagell* Between 2004 and 2016 the number of Japanese institutions in the ARWU 500 dropped from 36 to 16 while the number of mainland Chinese universities rose from eight to 42. (Figure 28.1) More Japanese universities were in the 2004 combined THE/QS top 100 and 200 rankings than in the 2017 THE […]

August 1, 2017 - 3:34 pm
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CiteScore™ shines a spotlight on high-quality journals neglected by other metrics

(24 July 2017, Amsterdam) Elsevier’s CiteScore is currently the only metric for more than 200 top-quality academic journals from numerous renowned publishers that guides them in their exceptional work. Metrics are an important tool to determine editorial choices when editing research journals and managing their role in their respective fields. Analysis by Elsevier, a global […]

July 27, 2017 - 1:52 pm
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IFLA Palm-leaf Manuscript Preservation Workshop

(12 July 2017) IFLA hosted a two day workshop to discuss and scope the needs for metadata standards in palm leaf manuscript preservation. The workshop was held from 6-7 July 2017 at the IFLA PAC Centre, National Library and Documentation Board of Sri Lanka. Experts from Thailand, Laos, India, Indonesia, Germany and Sri Lanka participated […]

July 13, 2017 - 2:05 pm
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Mao Zedong literary notes sold at auction

(11 July 2017) A collection of handwritten notes by Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, has been sold at auction for 10 times its estimated price. The notes, written in 1975 to a professor who had been hired to read to Mao, were sold at Sotheby’s in London for £704,750 ($910,000). The auction house […]

July 13, 2017 - 8:25 am
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! New subject rankings from ARWU and Asia-Pacific Rankings from Times Higher Education

(10 July 2017) Two new rankings appeared in the past couple of weeks.  One is worth looking at while the other is just a rehash of existing data. ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 (GRAS) Wuhan University is ranked number one in Remote Sensing HK Polytechnic is number one in Hospitality & Tourism Management […]

July 10, 2017 - 3:50 pm
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2017 Scholar Metrics released

(5 July 2017) Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, Google is releasing the 2017 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2012–2016 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of […]

July 8, 2017 - 6:20 pm
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NCSTE of China and Clarivate Analytics partner on international scientific research collaboration report

(4 July 2017, Beijing) China National Center for Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE) and Clarivate Analytics launched a collaborative report entitled China’s International Scientific Research Collaboration Landscape. The report is based on the publication and citation data of global scientific research collaboration papers from the Web of Science powered by Clarivate Analytics. In addition to bibliometrics, […]

July 6, 2017 - 11:27 am
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Me, myself, and I: self-citation rates are higher in individualist cultures than in collectivist cultures

(4 July 2017) Citing your own work when publishing a paper may be seen as a way of promoting yourself in academia, as how frequently a paper is cited is often viewed as a measure of its importance. Previous studies have shown that male authors are more likely than their female counterparts to cite themselves, […]

July 5, 2017 - 3:30 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 27: Reputation, Rankings and Reality – Times Higher Education rolls out 2017 Reputation Rankings

By Ruth A. Pagell* (24 June 2017) I usually do not cover reputation rankings. They are opinion rather than empirical performance.  Our last News Flash on the 2018 QS rankings alerted readers to the way QS handles its reputation indicators, which comprise 50% of the composite score.  When THE announced its 2017 Reputation Rankings, I […]

June 24, 2017 - 3:34 pm
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Springer Nature sponsors first Singapore Three Minute Thesis competition

(14 June 2017, Singapore) Twenty PhD candidates from Singapore will gather on 4 August 2017 at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for the 2017 Singapore Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. The competition challenges participants to explain their research thesis in a clear and engaging three-minute talk aimed at non-specialists. The main prize, which is sponsored […]

June 20, 2017 - 11:00 am
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Leading research institutions should not be allowed to get away with bad writing

(15 June 2017) Paul Romer, chief economist at the World Bank, was recently sidelined after encouraging his researchers to communicate more clearly, even going as far as imposing a limit on their use of the word “and”. Caroline Cassidy defends Romer’s intentions and argues that strong communication is of critical importance to using research to […]

June 17, 2017 - 7:54 pm
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Gained in translation: adding value to research to inform policy

(14 June 2017) Within the social sciences, translating and sharing new knowledge is now common practice amongst many researchers and institutions across academia. From evidence briefings and summaries of literature to online blogs and presentations, a wide range of research evidence aims to engage policy and practitioner audiences so they can more easily access and […]

June 15, 2017 - 5:20 pm
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Classic Papers: articles that have stood the test of time

(15 June 2017) Scholarly research is often about the latest findings – the newest knowledge that our colleagues have gleaned from nature. Some articles buck this pattern and have impact long after their publication. Today, Google Scholar is releasing Classic Papers, a collection of highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the […]

June 15, 2017 - 3:40 pm
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