The Spanish Cybermetrics Lab (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientifícas (CSIC)) publishes the ranking lists Ranking Web of World Universities (Webometrics) and Ranking Web of World Repositories twice a year. The purpose of the ranking lists is to promote web publication, and to support Open Access initiatives in terms of online access to scientific publications and other academic material. It falls into line with Aalborg University’s Open Access Policy that focuses on free access to the university’s research.
The ranking lists measure the web performance of universities with an independent web domain – i.e. the amount, visibility and effect of the universities’ websites, with particular emphasis on scientific production. However, other material and general information about the universities, faculties and research programmes are also included.
First published: 2004/2008
Ranking Web of World Universities uses the following indicators:
- Impact (number of external inlinks). Measured by Majestic SEO and ahrefs – weight 50%
- Presence (volume of contents). Measured by Google – weight 20%
- Openness (number of rich files: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .ppt, respectively). Measured by Google Scholar – weight 15%
- Excellence (scientific output being part of the 10 % of the most cited papers in their respective scientific fields in 2003-2010). Measured by Scimago - weight 15%
Ranking Web of World Repositories uses the following indicators:
- Visibility (number of incoming links). Collected from Majestic SEO – weight 50%
- Size (number of pages). Collected from Google – weight 10%
- Rich files (number of files: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .ps, .eps, .ppt and .ppts respectively). Collected from Google – weight 10%
- Scholar (the combination of the total amount of publications in Google Scholar and publications from in Google Scholar from 2007-2011) – weight 30%