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“Confucian Model,” in this region. Several Asian nations have chosen to invest in research universities and centers to lift their volume of research output in order to move up the global rankings quickly (Shin 2009 ; Marginson 2010 ; Neubauer 2010

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( Fig. 6a –d). More than 50% of top 50 titles matched to the global ranking lists for most of the countries. Further study shows that, 28 journal titles ( Table 4 ) of the top 50 are common in both the global rankings as well as different time periods

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status of an under-developed nation. Brazil has recently experienced robust growth in terms of the number of published scientific papers per year (Web of Science 2010 ) ( Fig. 1 ), moving up several positions in the global ranking. 1 When a

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Africa Report to Foundation for Research Development Pretoria . Roland , E 2007 On the use and abuse of bibliometric indicators: A critique of Hix‘s global ranking of political

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a fact that they stimulate personal and institutional commitment to quality. However, even the most credited global rankings are at least moderately controversial and spur academic debate on a number of issues, usually revolving around the difficulty

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” (ARWU), and this made the very beginning of global ranking for universities. In recent years, many organizations in England, Spain, Taiwan, Russia, and France have conducted projects on international universities rankings from different aspects

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Authors: Daniel Torres-Salinas, Jose G. Moreno-Torres, Emilio Delgado-López-Cózar and Francisco Herrera

and also an aggregation measure for them, resulting in a global ranking. – Scimago Institutions Rankings (SIR) (SCImago Institutions 2007 ). Based upon the Scopus database (Elsevier B.V. Scopus 2010 ), it provides world and iberoamerican institutions

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citation indices (e.g., The Shanghai Jiao Tong University Global Ranking; Time Higher World University Ranking), and the alumni-giving rate (e.g., U.S. News & World Report Ranking). 3 Specifically, single mentions for the

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and objective way to compare research outputs. Recently we can find different studies analyzing scientific fields or disciplines (Porter and Rafols 2009 ; Lillquist and Green 2010 ; Herrera et al. 2010 ) or using them to produce a global

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receive a greater merit. Laband and Piette ( 1994 ) present an updated ranking based on the paper of Liebowitz and Palmer ( 1984 ). LP-method is also used by Kalaitzidakis et al. ( 2003 ) in order to construct a global ranking of universities

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