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October 05, 2023

ScholarGPS provides the first quantitative institutional rankings in all Fields ("Overall"), in each of 14 broad Fields (such as Medicine, Engineering, or Humanities), in 177 Disciplines (such as Surgery, Computer Science, or History), as well as in over 350,000 unique Specialties (such as Cancer, Artificial Intelligence, or Ethics). ScholarGPS institutional rankings are developed based on active scholars on both a Lifetime basis ("Lifetime") and on the basis of scholarly work produced over a Five Year interval (in this case, January 2017-December 2021). See Ranking Terminology and Methodology for details of the institution ranking methodology. Access to both academic and non-academic institutional and program rankings is now available for free at ScholarGPS Institutional Rankings.

One significant insight obtained from the institutional rankings of over 5,600 institutions is the notable shift in rankings across various categories relative to both time intervals (Lifetime/Five Years).

Below, we identify the Top 20 academic institutions in the world relative to their Overall performance (all Fields), and for the two Fields having the largest numbers of scholars i.e., (i) Medicine and (ii) Engineering & Computer Science. By generating and comparing lists for both the Top 20 Lifetime and Top 20 Five Year academic institutions, we can observe how the rankings have changed relative to these two time intervals, and how the extent of the changes can vary from Field-to-Field.

The Top 20 institutions for All Fields (Overall) are shown in Fig. 1. Harvard University and Stanford University occupy the top two positions in both the Lifetime and Five Year lists. Most of the institutions identified in the figure are ranked among the Top 20 in both lists. Five U.S. institutions which are in the Top 20 Lifetime list do not appear in the Top 20 Five Year list. Where we might have expected to see these five institutions in the Five Year list, we see instead the University of British Columbia, the University of Melbourne, and Imperial College (London), none of whom make the Top 20 Lifetime list. But more impressive is the ascent of two Chinese universities, Tsinghua University (LIfetime rank: 128) and Zhejiang University (Lifetime rank: 190) into the Top 20 Five Year list at Five Year ranks of 8 and 19, respectively.

Fig. 1. Top 20 academic institutions for All Fields (Overall) and their rankings on Lifetime [R∞] and Five Year [R5] bases. Institutions that appear in the Top 20 on both lists and have ascended in rank, R5 < R∞, are identified with red underlines. In contrast, Top 20 institutions that have dropped in the rankings with R5 > R∞ ≥ 21 have green underlines. Institutions that have fallen from the Top 20 in the Five Years, R5 ≥ 21, have blue underlines. Institutions that have entered the Top 20 in the Five Years, R∞ ≥ 21, have purple underlines. Institutions with R5 = R∞ are shown with brown underlines.

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October 05, 2023

Highly Ranked Scholars™ (HRS) by ScholarGPS are exceptional researchers and the most productive authors (by number of publications) whose works are of profound impact (by total citations) and of the utmost quality (h-index). HRS are in the top 0.05 percent of all scholars evaluated at the levels of all Fields ("Overall"), or across 14 broad Fields (such as Medicine, Engineering, or Humanities), 177 Disciplines (such as Surgery, Computer Science, or History), or even over 350,000 highly focused Specialties (such as Cancer, Artificial Intelligence, or Ethics) in which the scholars are active. See Ranking Terminology and Methodology for details of the scholar ranking methodology. ScholarGPS provides free access to all HRS in all levels by country/region among over 30 million scholars from over 55,000 institutions in over 200 countries via the link Highly Ranked Scholars™.

Here, we report the numbers of HRS in the top 10 countries/regions who are the most highly ranked over all Fields (Overall), or who are associated with the two Fields having the most scholars i.e., (i) Medicine and (ii) Engineering & Computer Science. We examine the number of HRS with respect to two kinds of time intervals: the interval spanning a scholar's Lifetime of work ("Lifetime"), and a scholar's output in the specific time period January 2017-December 2021 ("Five Year"). The HRS criteria described above is applied to the universe of scholars with respect to those time intervals to determine HRS status.

The 10 countries/regions that were found to have the largest numbers of HRS over all Fields (Overall) on either the Five Year or Lifetime basis are identified in Fig. 1. As is evident, the U.S. and Canada, along with various countries in Europe and Japan have fewer HRS over the Five Year interval than over the Lifetime interval, while China and Hong Kong, India, and Iran are among the top 10 countries with the most HRS (Lifetime) who also show large increases in their HRS numbers in the Five Year interval. Australia has little change in its number of HRS.

Fig. 1. Countries/regions with the largest numbers of Highly Ranked Scholars™ (Lifetime and Five Years) for All Fields (Overall). Numbers are shown for the top 10 countries/regions of either category (Five Years, N5, or Lifetime, N∞). Countries/regions are shown in order of decreasing N5 + N∞.

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September 17, 2023

From now until June 30, 2024, take advantage of all ScholarGPS subscription features, for free!

We are delighted to announce that, starting today and running through June 30, 2024, all visitors to the ScholarGPS website can enjoy full, free access to all of our subscription features. These include:

  • Complete and unrestricted access to detailed scholarly rankings for all scholars at the level of all Fields, Field, Discipline, and Specialties based on their Lifetime contributions and those of the prior 5 years.
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