Monday, November 29, 2010

Questionable Science Behind Academic Rankings

New York Times article questioning the reliability of university rankings after the release of the Times Higher Education ranking where Alexandria University in Egypt had placed 147th.

Paul Wouters - director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies and professor of Scientometrics at Leiden University  - wrote on his blog about this issue: 
[...] the reason for this high position is the performance of exactly one (1) academic: Mohamed El Naschie, who published 323 articles in the Elsevier journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals of which he is the founding editor.
His article mentions the fact that THE has "outsourced citation analysis to Thomson Reuters" 

THE World University Rankings 2010-2011, powered by Thomson Reuters

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