The Methodology of ISC WUR by Subject

In “ISC world university rankings by subject” the OECD classification hierarchy has been used. The OECD classification is divided into two levels: six (6) MAJOR subjects and forty-two (42) minor subjects. The six (6) MAJOR subjects are:

  • 1. NATURAL SCIENCES
  • 2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
  • 3. MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
  • 4. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
  • 5. SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • 6. HUMANITIES

In ISC WUR by subject, the targeted universities are those that are ranked among the top 700 ones in the world and in terms of the number of publications in that subject area, where for three successive years should have published at least 150 publications in each subject area and finally, indexed them in incite database. These universities which are ranked in 6 major subject areas and brought together with scores provided under their categories.

The ISC WUR by subject includes 4 major criteria of Education, Research, International Activity, and Innovation. Since its importance, the research criterion has got the most weight.

The research criterion entails five indices of research volume, times cited, category normalized citation impact, impact relative to world, and the number of articles which are published in Q1 journals.

The indices were applied in a 3-year time period analysis to rank universities as follows:

  • The Total number of publications of each university in a 3-year time period was extracted from Incite database.
  • The Total number of the times the article cited in a 3-year time period was extracted from Incite database.
  • The Category normalized citation impact was extracted from Incite database.
  • The Impact relative to world was extracted from Incite database.
  • The university high number of quality articles published in a 3-year time period on the basis of the number of articles which are published in Q1 journals based on the information in Incite database.

The education criterion is calculated by the number of highly cited faculty members which extracted from WoS highly cited researchers list.

International Activity entails three indices as below:

  • The number of international contribution of universities in producing articles in a 3 year period.
  • The number of cooperating countries in publishing international articles.
  • Reputation of the universities which is measured in accordance with their presence in three international rankings including QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking).

Innovation is calculated by the percent of Industry Collaborations in the 3-year time period.