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Best suggestions

        A frequent request from our colleagues is to summarize the best strategies for improving the rank of their universities. The answer is pretty simply: Contents (1), contents (2) and contents (3). First one refers to the amount of contents, increasing their volume by transferring all the information related to the university to its websites.

Rankings based on Google Scholar Citations: Methodology

GSC Author Profiles

          Google Scholar is a free very large bibliographic database that it is especially useful for bibliometric purposes as it provides the number (and lists all of them) of citations received by the items included. Its current size is over 200 million unique documents, (many of them with links to openly available full-text versions). This is almost three times the current coverage of the paywalled competitors like WoS/Clarivate or Scopus/Elsevier.

Number of Universities and HEIs

        The Webometrics Ranking is probably the most complete directory of universities having independent webdomains, with the current counting close to 21 000 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). That means that the total number includes also other non-university higher education bodies so country individual figures are usually larger than the official numbers provided by the corresponding Ministries of Education.

Criteria of inclusion / exclusion

        Our inclusion policy is very open, as any good faith higher education institution with independent web presence can be included in the ranking. The only requirement is that the university has its own webdomain or subdomain (exceptions being the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu). We reserve the right to exclude fake universities, "diploma-mills" and other non-accredited institutions. Distance learning based universities are specially marked. We do not request nor accept data provided by the universities themselves.