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Bibliometrics: a Practical Guide

Institution-level indicators

How to get help

Contact the Policy, Integrity and Performance team if you are interested in the strategic use of indicators at an institutional or departmental level.

World University rankings

Some of the major international rankings, all freely available:

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
    Published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, using Web of Science data plus other factors e.g. winners of Nobel Prize and Fields Medals. More than 1200 universities are ranked each year, the best 500 are published.
  • CWS Leiden Ranking
    Produced by Leiden University, using Web of Science data. Includes over 800 universities worldwide.
  • QS World University Rankings
    More than 900 universities from over 80 countries are ranked, by assessing university performance across four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation. Based on 'hard data', data from Scopus and from surveys.
  • Scimago Institutions Rankings
    Developed by Scimago Lab, using data from Scopus. Ranks over 5000 institutions.
  • THE World University Rankings
    Produced by the THE (Times Higher Education), using Scopus and survey data. Judges research-intensive universities across "their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook."
  • Webometrics Ranking of World Universities
    By the Cybermetrics Lab of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Based on web presence and impact, using link analysis not citation analysis. It ranks more than 20,000 universities worldwide.


All members of the University have access to SciVal, a subscription-based research performance assessment tool which uses data from Scopus.

SciVal provides more advanced bibliometric analysis than that available from sources such as Scopus and Web of Science. SciVal also allows you to benchmark individual researchers, groups of researchers and institutions based on a variety of different indicators, including outputs in the top percentiles.

For more information see the SciVal Research Metrics Guidebook (free to read/download) or view the SciVal online manual (login is required).

For guidance on using SciVal responsibly to source and apply bibliometrics in an academic institution see the LIS-bibliometrics Using SciVal responsibly: a guide to interpretation and good practice.

SciVal modules

Overview: gives an overview of the research output of institutions, countries and researchers (e.g. in which disciplines is an institution most active).

Watch Elsevier's videos for the SciVal Overview module.

SciVal overview module

Benchmarking: compares institutions, groups or researchers using a variety of indicators.

Watch Elsevier's video for the SciVal Benchmarking module.

SciVal benchmarking module

Collaboration: identifies areas where researchers in different countries or institutions are publishing research together.

SciVal collaboration module