Did you know that Times Higher World rankings and QS World University rankings use citation data? QS World rankings gives 20% of its mark to a university’s citation count and Times World rankings gives 30%.
According to the Times ranking:
“The citations help to show us how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge: they tell us whose research has stood out, has been picked up and built on by other scholars and, most importantly, has been shared around the global scholarly community to expand the boundaries of our understanding, irrespective of discipline”
Not everyone agrees about the worth of citations but it is clearly important to know how we are performing in this area. Swansea now subscribes to Scival – a tool which can analyse citations based on data from the Scopus database, used by both QS and the Times.
Resources for using Scival
Snowball metrics – these are standard metrics being developed for universities independently of any one company
Your research librarians can give advice and help: firstname.lastname@example.org