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Understand the data underpinning university rankings

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University rankings help institutions understand their global standing and help prospective students assess where they want to pursue their studies. The data and information underpinning rankings can also inform planning and strategic decision-making, help with finding experts and collaborators, as well as showcase expertise and expand the understanding of research outcomes.

Elsevier partners with leading university ranking organizations, such as QS and THE, providing reliable research information and data points to help inform and implement their ranking methodologies.

Talk to a Research Intelligence specialist about how we can help you investigate the data points that support rankings.

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Scopus wordmark | Elsveier Solutions

Scopus captures and indexes over 4.5 terabytes of research output data, structured in a reliable and transparent way that ranking organizations trust.

SciVal wordmark | Elsveier Solutions

SciVal provides a view into university and researcher performance through the publication and citation information used by the QS and THE rankings.

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eBook: Understanding the roles of Scopus and SciVal in university rankings

This eBook explains the role both Scopus and SciVal play in the methodologies used by Times Higher Education (THE) and QS World University Rankings. Further, it discusses how analyzing the research information and publication and citation data points implemented by ranking organizations can support planning and strategic decision-making, showcasing expertise and understanding research outcomes.

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If you’re interested in learning how Elsevier’s solutions can help your university better understand its rankings and performance through the publication and citation information utilized by the leading rankings organizations, please complete this form to contact one of our rankings specialists.