Scimago releases 4th Instititions ranking with impact, excellence and leadership (new!) indexes

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The 2012 SIR report shows a set of bibliometric indicators that unveil some of the main dimensions of research performance of worldwide research-devoted institutions. As in former editions, SIR World Report 2012 aims at becoming an evaluation framework of research performance to Worldwide Research Organizations.

The report shows six indicators that will help users evaluate the scientific impact, thematic specialization, output size and international collaboration networks of the institutions. The period analyzed in the current edition covers 2006-2010. The tables include institutions having published at least 100 scientific documents of any type, that is, articles, reviews, short reviews, letters, conference papers, etc., during the year 2010 as collected by worldwide leader scientific
database Scopus by Elsevier. The report encompasses Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as well as other research-focused organizations from different sizes, with different missions and from countries in the five continents. Institutions are grouped into five Institutional Sectors: Higher Education, Health System, Government Agencies, Corporations and Others.
Following the goal of embracing every institution around the world with meaningful scientific output, the ranking now includes 3,290 institutions that together are responsible for more than 80%
of worldwide scientific output during the term 2006-10 as indexed in Elsevier’s Scopus database.


Indicators in the Scimago Institutions Ranking 2012:



Total number of documents published in scholarly journals indexed in Scopus.

International Collaboration

Institution’s output ratio produced in collaboration with foreign institutions. The values are computed by analyzing an institution’s output whose affiliations include more than one country address.


Normalized Impact

The values (in %) show the relationship between an institution’s average scientific impact and the world average set to a score of 1, –i.e. a Nl score of 0.8 means the institution is cited 20% below
world average and 1.3 means the institution is cited 30% above average.

High Quality Publications

Ratio of publications that an institution publishes in the most influential scholarly journals of the world; those ranked in the
first quartile (25%) in their categories as ordered by SCImago Journal Rank SJR indicator.

Specialization Index

The Specialization Index indicates the extent of thematic concentration / dispersion of an institution’s scientific
output. Values range between 0 to 1, indicating generalistic vs. specialized institutions respectively. This indicator is computed according to the Gini Index used in Economy.


Excellence Rate

Exc indicates the amount (in %) of an institution’s scientific output that is included into the set of the 10% of the most cited papers in their respective scientific fields. It is a measure of high quality output of research institutions.


Scientific Leadership

Leadership indicates an institution’s “output as main contributor”, that is the number of papers in wich the corresponding author belongs to the institution.


Fulltext of the Scimago Institutions ranking:

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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