Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

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The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities was a ranking system of 500 world universities by scientific paper volume, impact, and performance output. The ranking was published by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT)[1] The project employed bibliometric methods to analyze and rank the scientific paper performance. In addition to the overall ranking, HEEACT publisheda list of the top 300 universities by six fields and ten subjects of science and technology. [2]

The rankings were introduced in 2007. The original ranking methodology favored toward universities with medical schools. In 2008, HEEACT began publishing a "Field Based Ranking" including six fields: agriculture and environmental sciences (AGE), clinical medicine (MED), engineering, computing, and technology (ENG), life sciences (LIFE), natural sciences (SCI), and social sciences (SOC).[3]

In 2010, HEEACT began publishing subject rankings in fields of various field of science and technology. Science fields are divided into physics, chemistry, mathematics, and geosciences. Technology fields are split up into electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering (including energy and fuels), materials science, and civil engineering (including environmental engineering).

HEEACT ended the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities Project in 2012. Due to disagreement about ranking results, the Taiwanese education authorities announced that the government would no longer support the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan to do this ranking.[4]

Methodology[edit]

The HEEACT rankings used the following criteria:

  • Research productivity (weighed 20%) - The number of published articles of the last 11 years (10%) and the number of articles of the current year (10%),.
  • Research impact (weighed 30%) - Number of citations of the last 11 years (10%), the number of citations of the last two years (10%), and the average number of citations of the last 11 years (10%).
  • Research excellence (weighed 40%) - The h-index of the last two years (20%), the number of highly cited papers (15%), and the number of articles of the current year in high-impact journals (15%).

Quantitative data were drawn from Science Citation Index (SCI) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). The data were normalized by faculty number to account for different institution sizes. The indicators used in this methodology highly emphasized research quality (80% of the performance score) and short-term research performance (55% of the score).


HEEACT World University Rankings (Top 50)[edit]

2010 2009 2008 2007 Institution Country
1 1 1 1 Harvard University United States
2 3 3 4 Stanford University United States
3 2 2 2 Johns Hopkins University United States
4 4 4 3 University of Washington United States
5 5 5 5 University of California, Los Angeles United States
6 8 6 7 University of California, Berkeley United States
7 7 7 10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
8 6 7 6 University of Michigan United States
9 11 14 12 University of Toronto Canada
10 17 19 19 University of Oxford United Kingdom
11 9 11 11 University of Pennsylvania United States
12 13 10 8 University of California, San Diego United States
13 10 13 9 Columbia University United States
14 14 12 13 University of Tokyo Japan
15 12 9 15 University of California, San Francisco United States
16 15 16 17 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
17 20 20 24 University College London United Kingdom
18 16 15 14 Yale University United States
19 18 17 16 Duke University United States
20 25 21 20 University of Wisconsin–Madison United States
21 22 27 28 Imperial College London United Kingdom
22 19 18 18 Cornell University United States
23 24 22 21 University of Pittsburgh United States
24 21 23 22 University of Minnesota United States
25 23 26 25 Washington University in St. Louis United States
26 27 25 23 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
27 26 30 29 Northwestern University United States
28 28 28 27 Kyoto University Japan
29 32 32 35 University of California, Davis United States
30 29 24 26 University of Chicago United States
31 30 31 32 California Institute of Technology United States
32 31 33 39 University of British Columbia Canada
33 33 35 30 Ohio State University United States
34 34 36 50 Karolinska Institutet Sweden
35 36 34 36 McGill University Canada
36 46 44 41 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign United States
37 43 45 54 Emory University United States
38 35 38 40 Osaka University Japan
39 38 42 48 Princeton University United States
40 47 43 44 University of Florida United States
41 44 52 33 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center United States
42 40 29 31 Pennsylvania State University United States
43 51 58 64 University of Melbourne Australia
44 42 47 46 Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Germany
45 45 41 43 New York University United States
46 48 63 37 Mayo Clinic College of Medicine United States
47 48 50 52 University of Helsinki Finland
48 57 46 45 Vanderbilt University United States
49 56 53 56 Utrecht University Netherlands
49 40 37 38 University of Arizona United States

HEEACT World University Rankings (Top 20 by field)[edit]

Agriculture & Environment Sciences[edit]

2010 2009 2008 University Country
01 01 01 University of California- Davis US
02 02 02 Wageningen University Netherlands
03 03 03 Cornell University US
04 04 04 University of California- Berkeley US
05 05 05 University of Wisconsin- Madison US
06 06 06 University of Florida US
07 08 09 Michigan State University US
08 07 08 University of Minnesota- Twin Cities US
09 10 11 Harvard University US
10 15 19 Ghent University Belgium
11 11 14 Oregon State University US
12 14 10 The University of British Columbia Canada
13 12 13 Duke University US
14 09 07 University of Georgia US
15 13 48 University of Copenhagen Denmark
16 19 17 The University of Tokyo Japan
17 20 20 University of Arizona US
18 16 16 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
19 17 15 University of Helsinki Finland
20 18 18 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US

Clinical Medicine[edit]

2010 2009 2008 University Country
01 01 01 Harvard University US
02 02 02 Johns Hopkins University US
03 03 03 University of California- San Francisco US
04 05 04 University of California- Los Angeles US
05 06 12 University of Toronto Canada
06 07 05 University of Washington- Seattle US
07 04 07 University of Pennsylvania US
08 08 06 University of Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh US
09 12 10 Mayo Clinic College of Medicine US
10 11 08 Duke University US
11 10 09 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
12 9 11 Columbia University US
13 13 13 Stanford University US
14 15 14 University College London United Kingdom
15 14 16 The University of Texas- M. D. Anderson Cancer Center US
16 17 15 Karolinska Institutet Sweden
17 16 19 University of California- San Diego US
18 19 18 University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill US
19 18 17 Yale University US
20 20 20 Washington University in St. Louis US

Engineering, Computing & Technology[edit]

2010 2009 2008 University Country
01 01 02 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
02 02 01 University of California- Berkeley US
03 06 05 Tsinghua University China
04 04 03 National University of Singapore Singapore
05 05 04 Stanford University US
06 03 06 Georgia Institute of Technology US
07 10 14 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
08 07 08 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US
09 08 10 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
10 12 11 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
11 09 07 Pennsylvania State University- University Park US
12 17 21 Seoul National University South Korea
13 13 13 Harvard University US
14 14 12 The University of Tokyo Japan
15 11 09 Tohoku University Japan
16 19 15 Imperial College London United Kingdom
17 18 23 Northwestern University US
18 15 16 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
19 30 41 National Cheng Kung University ROC(Taiwan)
20 24 38 Zhejiang University China

Life Sciences[edit]

2010 2009 2008 University Country
01 01 01 Harvard University US
02 02 02 Johns Hopkins University US
03 03 03 University of California- San Francisco US
04 06 06 University of California- San Diego US
05 04 04 Stanford University US
06 08 11 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
07 12 12 University of Oxford United Kingdom
08 09 07 University of Washington- Seattle US
09 07 05 Yale University US
10 10 10 University College London United Kingdom
11 05 08 University of Pennsylvania US
12 11 9 University of California- Los Angeles US
13 13 13 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
14 18 18 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
15 16 15 Washington University in St. Louis US
16 14 16 University of Toronto Canada
17 17 17 The University of Tokyo Japan
18 15 14 Columbia University US
19 19 19 Duke University US
20 27 35 Imperial College London United Kingdom

Physical, Chemical[edit]

2010 2009 2008 University Country
01 01 01 University of California- Berkeley US
02 02 02 The University of Tokyo Japan
03 03 03 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
04 04 04 California Institute of Technology US
05 05 05 Harvard University US
06 06 07 Stanford University US
07 07 06 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
08 08 08 Princeton University US
09 12 16 University of California- Los Angeles US
10 09 12 University of Washington- Seattle US
11 16 15 University of Oxford United Kingdom
12 10 9 Kyoto University Japan
13 11 19 Columbia University US
14 15 13 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
15 14 10 Pennsylvania State University- University Park US
16 13 17 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
17 23 21 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US
18 20 23 University of Wisconsin- Madison US
19 26 32 University of Maryland- College Park US
20 22 24 University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie France

Social Sciences[edit]

2010 2009 2008 University Country
01 01 01 Harvard University US
02 02 02 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
03 05 05 Columbia University US
04 03 04 University of Pennsylvania US
05 04 03 University of California- Los Angeles US
06 06 08 Stanford University US
07 07 06 University of Washington- Seattle US
08 11 12 University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill US
09 10 09 University of California - Berkeley US
10 14 13 University of Minnesota- Twin Cities US
11 08 11 Johns Hopkins University US
12 09 07 The University of Chicago US
13 13 14 Yale University US
14 12 18 Duke University US
15 28 29 University of Oxford United Kingdom
16 16 22 University of Toronto Canada
17 20 10 University of Wisconsin- Madison US
18 15 17 Northwestern University US
19 21 23 University of Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh US
20 23 19 University of California- San Francisco US

HEEACT World University Rankings (Top 20 by subject)[edit]

Physics (includes Astronomy and Space Science)[edit]

2010 University Country
01 University of California- Berkeley US
02 California Institute of Technology US
03 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
04 The University of Tokyo Japan
05 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
06 Princeton University US
07 Stanford University US
08 Harvard University US
09 Pennsylvania State University- University Park US
10 University of California- Los Angeles US
11 University of Oxford United Kingdom
12 Johns Hopkins University US
13 University of California- Santa Barbara US
14 University of Maryland- College Park US
15 University of Paris XI: Sud France
16 The University of Chicago US
17 The University of Chicago US
18 Tohoku University Japan
19 University of Arizona US
20 Cornell University US

Chemistry[edit]

2010 University Country
01 University of California- Berkeley US
02 The University of Tokyo Japan
03 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
04 Kyoto University Japan
05 Northwestern University US
06 Harvard University US
07 Osaka University Japan
08 Stanford University US
09 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
10 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
11 Tohoku University Japan
12 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US
13 Georgia Institute of Technology US
14 California Institute of Technology US
15 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Lausanne Switzerland
16 Tsinghua University China
17 Peking University China
18 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
19 University of California- Los Angeles US
20 Seoul National University South Korea

Mathematics[edit]

2010 University Country
01 Stanford University US
02 University of California- Berkeley US
03 Harvard University US
04 Princeton University US
05 University of California- Los Angeles US
06 University of Minnesota- Twin Cities US
07 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
08 University of Washington- Seattle US
09 University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie France
10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
11 National University of Singapore Singapore
12 University of Wisconsin- Madison US
13 University of Oxford United Kingdom
14 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia
15 The University of Chicago US
16 University of Paris XI: Sud France
17 New York University US
18 Texas A&M University- College Station US
19 California Institute of Technology US
20 Columbia University US

Geosciences[edit]

2010 University Country
01 University of Colorado- Boulder US
02 University of Washington- Seattle US
03 California Institute of Technology US
04 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
05 University of California- Berkeley US
06 Columbia University US
07 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
08 University of California- San Diego US
09 University of Hawaii US
10 Harvard University US
11 The University of Tokyo Japan
12 University of Maryland- College Park US
13 University of Arizona US
14 University of Wisconsin- Madison US
15 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
16 Colorado State University US
17 University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie France
18 The Australian National University Australia
19 University of California- Los Angeles US
20 University of Oxford United Kingdom

Electrical Engineering[edit]

2010 University Country
01 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
02 University of California- Berkeley US
03 National University of Singapore Singapore
04 Stanford University US
05 Georgia Institute of Technology US
06 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
07 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
08 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US
09 University of California- Los Angeles US
10 Tsinghua University China
11 Harvard University US
12 National Cheng Kung University ROC(Taiwan)
13 University of California- San Diego US
14 California Institute of Technology US
15 Purdue University- West Lafayette US
16 National Taiwan University ROC(Taiwan)
17 National Chiao Tung University ROC(Taiwan)
18 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
19 University of Toronto Canada
20 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong

Computer Science[edit]

2010 University Country
01 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
02 Stanford University US
03 University of California- Berkeley US
04 Harvard University US
05 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US
06 National University of Singapore Singapore
07 Carnegie Mellon University US
08 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
09 Princeton University US
10 University of California- San Diego US
11 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
12 Technion- Israel Institute of Technology Israel
13 University of Southern California US
14 Georgia Institute of Technology US
15 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
16 Tsinghua University China
17 University of California- Los Angeles US
18 University of Maryland- College Park US
19 National Cheng Kung University ROC(Taiwan)
20 University of Minnesota- Twin Cities US

Civil Engineering (including Environmental Engineering)[edit]

2010 University Country
01 University of California- Berkeley US
02 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
03 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
04 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
05 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
06 University of California- Davis US
07 Imperial College London United Kingdom
08 University of Queensland Australia
09 University of Toronto Canada
10 National Taiwan University ROC(Taiwan)
11 Tsinghua University China
12 Georgia Institute of Technology US
13 Zhejiang University China
14 Stanford University US
15 National Cheng Kung University ROC(Taiwan)
16 Texas A&M University- College Station US
17 Pennsylvania State University- University Park US
18 University of Waterloo Canada
19 Arizona State University US
20 The University of Texas- Austin US

Mechanical Engineering[edit]

2010 University Country
01 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
02 Stanford University US
03 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US
04 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
05 Georgia Institute of Technology US
06 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
07 University of California- Berkeley US
08 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
09 Cornell University US
10 Imperial College London United Kingdom
11 Tsinghua University China
12 Princeton University US
13 National University of Singapore Singapore
14 Purdue University- West Lafayette US
15 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
16 California Institute of Technology US
17 Seoul National University South Korea
18 Northwestern University US
19 Harvard University US
20 Pennsylvania State University- University Park US

Chemical Engineering (including Energy & Fuels)[edit]

2010 University Country
01 Kyoto University Japan
02 Pennsylvania State University- University Park US
03 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
04 National University of Singapore Singapore
05 The University of New South Wales Australia
06 Seoul National University South Korea
07 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
08 Tsinghua University China
09 Imperial College London United Kingdom
10 Zhejiang University China
11 Carnegie Mellon University US
12 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
13 University of Science and Technology of China China
14 Georgia Institute of Technology US
15 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Zurich Switzerland
16 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
17 National Taiwan University ROC(Taiwan)
18 Tianjin University China
19 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
20 The University of Texas- Austin US

Materials Science[edit]

2010 University Country
01 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
02 Tohoku University Japan
03 National University of Singapore Singapore
04 University of California- Berkeley US
05 Tsinghua University China
06 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
07 Northwestern University US
08 Seoul National University South Korea
09 Harvard University US
10 Georgia Institute of Technology US
11 University of California- Santa Barbara US
12 Pennsylvania State University- University Park US
13 The University of Tokyo Japan
14 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
15 Stanford University US
16 University of Washington- Seattle US
17 Osaka University Japan
18 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor US
19 University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign US
20 Imperial College London United Kingdom

Commentary[edit]

The Australian higher education indicated that the 2007 performance ranking of scientific papers for world universities produced by HEEACT is a useful addition to the present world university ranks because of its rigorous method and robust results, which are made possible by its more modest scope. [5] There are more comments on the HEEACT rankings. The senior research fellow of Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, Wu Yi-shan, claimed that the HEEACT ranking is the best ranking system he has ever seen. Wu indicated that the HEEACT ranking considers both long-term and short-term performance of a university. The idea of combining long-term and short-term ranking indicators is a pioneering thought. [6] Richard Holmes posted on University Ranking Watch and noted: “Although the Shanghai rankings show a high correlation with other rankings (based on a tiny sample of US universities) the HEEACT rankings from Taiwan do somewhat better.” [7] Vice-President Research for the University of Toronto, Professor Paul Young, remarked that “the HEEACT rankings are relatively new, they are an important and methodologically robust measure of the quantity and quality of research performed by universities around the world.” [8]Also, dean of academic affairs at National Taiwan University, Chiang Been-Huang stated that “2009 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by HEEACT are conducted based on objective figures.” [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.heeact.edu.tw/mp.asp?mp=2
  2. ^ http://ranking.heeact.edu.tw/en-us/2010%20by%20Subject/Page/Background
  3. ^ http://ranking.heeact.edu.tw/en-us/2010%20by%20field/page/methodology
  4. ^ Taiwan refuse to continue supporting the HEEACT ranking
  5. ^ Moodie, G. (2008), Taiwan addition sums up science rank.(Retrieved Aug 6, 2009)
  6. ^ http://www.sciencenet.cn/m/user_content.aspx?id=219367
  7. ^ Holmes, R. (2009),Is There a q Factor in University Ranking?(Retrieved Aug 5, 2009)
  8. ^ Stephens, L. (2009),UofT first in Canada in international rankings for research.(Retrieved Aug 5, 2009)
  9. ^ Kao, Y.L. (2009),NTU ranks 26th in Webometrics Ranking of World Universities(Retrieved Aug 5, 2009)