The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of the best universities in the world is based on metrics gathered from Microsoft Academic Graph on 06-12-2021. Position in our world university ranking is based on a sum of H-index values of every leading scientist affiliated with a given university. A leading scientist is a researcher with a D-index (discipline H-index) higher than a predetermined threshold (usually 30 or 40) for their scientific disciplines. Research.com’s ranking of best universities in the world only lists 1000 universities with the highest H-index total. Show more
The ranking process involved a detailed examination of 166,880 researchers on Google Scholar as well as Microsoft Academic Graph.
A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page .
Please be advised that the research institution or university for a scholar is typically set based on the affiliation details available on their Google Scholar profile.
In comparison to other world university rankings our objevtive is to focus predominantly on the research achievements of top scientists working with each institution. We wish to inspire scientists, business-owners, and decision-makers across the world to learn where top science authorities are heading and to provide an opportunity for the whole research community to discover who the leading authorities in popular fields of research, in particular geographies, or possibly within research institutions are.