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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.

These university rankings empower institutions like yours to be better aware of 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, assist with finding experts and collaborators, showcase expertise and expand the understanding of research outcomes.

Access to accurate data provides a distinct advantage to those who use it. It’s time to take control of the story your university research data tells about you.


THE’s methodology consists of 13 metrics that are grouped into five major areas:

  • Teaching (30%)
  • Research (30%)
  • Citations (30%)*
  • International outlook (7.5%)
  • Industry income (2.5%)

* Scopus provides data to THE for this category.

QS World University Rankings evaluate universities according to six metrics, with the highest weighting applied to Academic reputation (40%) generated from the QS Academic Survey.

The other five metrics are as follows:

  • Citations per faculty (20%)*
  • Faculty/student ration (20%)
  • Employer reputation (10%)
  • International study (5%)
  • International students (5%)

* Scopus provides data to QS for this category.

The distribution of variables QS applies to its World University Rankings as outlined on their website.

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

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SciVal provides you a view of the same publication and citation information that QS and THE has. By using SciVal, you can better understand your university and researcher performance.

Two metrics that THE uses in the World University Rankings are Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) and having at least one international co-author. Both of these metrics are available in SciVal.

Proportion of total publications with at least one international co-author.

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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.