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Questions tagged [ranking]

Questions about formal rankings of universities, journals, conferences, or students (in a course or university) based on some quantitative metric(s). This is distinct from 'reputation' which may be measured informally and does not necessarily involve any quantitative metrics.

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University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D?

What I'm trying to understand is, to what degree does the status/rank of the University (where one completes his/her Ph.D) matter while shaping his/her career after graduation? I would like to know ...
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Why do Russian and Israeli universities score low in various world rankings?

Russia and Israel have good histories of science and technology. But, I never saw any Russian and Israeli university in the top 50 list. Currently, the top Russian university, according to QS World ...
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How to deal with the frustration of doing PhD at a low-ranked university

Though I did my bachelor's at a top-notch college, because of low GPA I had to settle down for PhD at a low ranked university. Now I see that there is lack of intellectual atmosphere and very few ...
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Do universities hire graduates from lesser universities

Recently, someone analyzed computer science professors at top universities and found that over half of the professors at the top 51 universities graduated from a top 10 university. Others have also ...
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Why is research at highly productive research institutions better than those at not-so-highly productive research institutions?

As of time of writing, the University of Oxford is top of the Times Higher Education world university ranking list, while the University of Southampton is 118th. (Nothing special about the THE, Oxford,...
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How to choose between very good journals in mathematics?

I finished preparing a math paper, and am now trying to decide where to submit it. I read How do you judge the quality of a journal?, but it seems that the answers there mostly deal with how to judge ...
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What is the h-index exactly and how does it work?

What is the h-index, and how does it work ?
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Which ranking is more meaningful for post-doc students?

There were several discussions on this website about the importance of academic rankings. Opinions seem to range from "very important" to "completely meaningless". My question, however, is a bit ...
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Going to a lower-ranked school for better advisor fit

Computer Science PhD admit here. Is it crazy of me to turn down a top school (MIT/Stanford) for a lower-ranked school (think Cornell/UW/Columbia/Michigan) if I think there is better advisor fit? ...
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What does it take for a lower-ranked university to compete with a top-ranked one?

Let's take the Times Higher Education world rankings. Oxford is first, and the University of Bonn is 100th. (Nothing special about the THE - I just used it to pick examples of a top-ranked university ...
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Is there any world-wide ranking of conferences/journals?

I know it's rather difficult to establish a ranking of publications, especially because the ones in charge of establishing values for venues might be biased by their field, and several other aspects. ...
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What is the relationship between impact factor and journal ranking

As a second year graduate student, it's become increasingly difficult for me to figure out what journals are the most prestigious. My research is very interdisciplinary, and so journals from many ...
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How does Microsoft Academic Search generate its rankings?

Yesterday, during some idle time in the office, a colleague of mine has discovered that I am currently ranked at position 20 worldwide by Microsoft Academic Search for my subfield regarding the last 5 ...
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From a historical perspective, when did impact factors become so important?

This is a question on the historicity of impact factors for journals. There are hundreds of questions and websites on the impact factor of journals, or journal rankings (and fake rankings and impact ...
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What is a common way to tell if an academic is “above average,” or outstanding in their field? Is their h-index (Hirsh index) one of them?

If one claimed that a particular scholar was "above average" or "noted" in their field, is there any good metric by which to support or deny such a claim? Is there a generally accepted way to ...
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Is it worth self-funding a PhD to attend a top 10 university?

What should I opt for? Option A) very well paid PhD, around €3000 per month at a respectable university or; Option B) a non-paid PhD, where I have to pay €2000 per year at one of the top 10 ...
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Is endowing a professorship less effective in a lower-ranked university than in a higher-ranked one?

This is a follow-up question to What does it take for a lower-ranked university to compete with a top-ranked one?. Wolfgang Bangerth's answer says that "Faculty will generally only go to places where ...
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Is the gap between lower- and higher-ranked graduate programs in pure math really that big?

Initially I asked this question on math stackexchange but it seems academia stackexchange is more appropriate place for this. Note: a question similar to that I'm going to ask was discussed here, but ...
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Rankings for university departments

The Internet is littered with information about university rankings and comparisons that it is very easy for an applicant to lose track of what exactly he wants to know. Apparently rankings which ...
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How to find OA free to publish journals with a JCR ranking?

I would like to find journals that: are ranked with JCR (no matter how low) and have open access (anyone can access the papers for free) and are free to publish (authors are not required to pay) ...
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How handicapped am I in graduate admissions if I graduated from a lower tier university?

Due to a combination of factors, I ended up going for my undergraduate studies to a relatively unknown university that was close to me geographically. Let's say that I have a relatively standard ...
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KAU is accused of hiring well-known professors to boost university rankings by adding affiliation. Is it ethical to accept this kind of offer?

For those unaware of the situation, here are some links: Messerly, Megan. 'UC Berkeley Professor Critiques Saudi University's Recruitment Process Of World's Top Researchers'. The Daily ...
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I have two very good PhD offers. Is it worth to pay 30 USD to see US N&WR rankings? [closed]

I have two very good admission offers from good universities in the US, and I am having a hard time choosing between them. So much that I am starting to consider less relevant factors, such as the ...
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Is “party ranking” a genuine ranking system?

From some discussion here, I surprisingly found (by googling) that there are some ranking for top universities for partying. From USA Today and Time to Playboy, they list top universities for party ...
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Rankings of Computer Science conferences and journals

I was wondering if there is any kind of "reliable" CS conferences ranking available on the web. I have searched on SCImago, but I believe it only ranks journals, and there is no mention about ...
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What does “university ranking” mean for a graduate admissions committee?

Many questions on this website ask how university rankings affect the future career in research and graduate admissions. But it is not clear for me what is actually meant by ranking. There are various ...
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What are the most credible rankings of US computer science departments? [closed]

I am wondering what are the most well-regarded rankings of computer science departments in the US. Preferably, this would be broken down into rankings by research output and rankings by student labor ...
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Do price and value of degrees correlate much?

Many American colleges and universities have very high tuition fees, in particular at prestigious universities. For example, Harvard University in 2014-2015 is US$43,938 for tuition and US$58,607 for ...
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Is it a good idea to go to a university just because of its high international ranking? [duplicate]

I'm an international student and I'm currently studying pure mathematics in undergraduate level with a relatively low GPA (~3.5/4.0). I've recently read so many positive reviews about the universities ...
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Does a low acceptance rate imply quality?

I am presenting a paper in a conference with a 20% acceptance rate. However the conference is just 3 years old and does not figure in the tiered rating system for conferences in my field Computer ...
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Public accountability for academic work

I have realised that my performance improves when I make my progress publicly accountable. For example, my jogging times improve and I lose more weight when I enter myself onto a public rankings list. ...
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Reliable Asian university rankings datasets suitable for evaluating applications to a graduate program

Our (American) university has a lot of applications coming in from Asia- especially China, India, Japan and Korea. Each of these seems to follow a different grading scheme and it is hard to do ...
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Does it matter where you go to medical school? [closed]

There are many reports out there that say you should not go get an MBA or JD unless you are going for the Top 5 or Top 10 schools respectively. The rationale is that the lost salary and tuition does ...
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Assistant Professor at my state university, Research Scientist at my Ivy League, or both?

I am a Research Scientist at an Ivy League. I have been offered an Assistant Professorship at the state school. The Ivy League has suggested that if I take the professorship, I could stay on in a 20% ...
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Is it possible for someone with a PhD from a top-200 university to find a faculty position at a top-20 university?

I have talked with a friend that was the best in class PhD student at a top-200 university in USA, but she couldn't find any position as assistant professor position or fellowship in a top-20 ...
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Are postdocs students or staff when calculating staff/student ratios?

The ratio of staff/students is an important factor for university rankings. How are postdocs and non-faculty researchers considered in calculating this ratio? I am referring to researchers who have ...
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Low ranking university with fund VS Unsure opportunity at a higher ranking one

Two years ago, I completed my bachelor degree with highest honor ranking 1st of my class in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in my university in Egypt. Since then I have been working ...
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Signaling Interest for Job at Low Ranked University

How do PhD graduates signal job interest to low ranked universities? I am envisioning a scenario where a candidate does not get interviewed by a university because the university believes the ...
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How significantly does the salary amount for tenured faculty impact the quality of a deparment?

I mean both the salary a department offers to new hires and to already hired faculty members. I would prefer answers specifically about math departments, but I would also be interested in answers ...
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How much should university ranking matter while choosing a place for graduate studies?

How much should I weigh in on the ranking of a university (provided by various academic ranking websites) while choosing a university for graduate studies? The universities that I am considering have ...
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What does a university's acceptance rate indicate?

If the acceptance rate of a university is 90%, does that mean it accepts 90 out of every 100 students that apply? Does a university's acceptance rate indicate its quality? Most top universities have ...
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Which one is more valuable in a postdoc application? a full paper in a B* conference or a short paper in a A* one? [closed]

Assume the hiring committee (Computer science) are reviewing the CVs of two Ph.D. graduate's with almost equal skills/expertise. Regarding their best publications, one has 1-2 short papers (e.g. 6 ...
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Acceptance criteria for short papers

I feel overwhelmed for the acceptance rate of some conferences. If I submit a "short paper" rather than a regular one, Will that make easier to get accepted? I don't have any JCR* at the moment (nor ...
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US grad school rankings based on graduate students' satisfaction

Is there any US grad school ranking based on graduate students' satisfaction? (satisfaction while in grad school of after graduation) If department-specific I am mostly interested in computer science ...
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What is the proper way to judge the quality of education of a university?

Why do Russian and Israeli universities score low in various world rankings? In this question, most of the answers more or less stated that, rankings of universities available on the net are kind of ...
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How can you identify which are the strongest PhD programs in particular subfields?

I'm an undergraduate student (United States) majoring in X, applying to PhD programs with a research focus in subfields Y and Z. I conjecture that the best universities for Y and the best ...
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How reliable are QS Top Universities rankings?

I was told that universities in USA are generally better that the ones in Italy. I will take the undergraduate degree this July, and I need to decide whether to continue my studies in Italy or to move ...
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recommendations for increasing the visibility and ranking of a faculty?

I was wondering what it really matters for a university to climb in the university rankings, for example in Science fields such as Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science? I found that there are the ...
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A peculiar PhD situation, working full time in a government lab but getting my PhD from an unknown university because of formalities. Advice?

I am involved in a peculiar PhD situation. I am working full time at a government lab that is fairly new (<10 years of existence), but has however attracted some strong names in my field (Computer ...
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Does inclusion on the ARC ERA 2010 journal ranking list imply the journal is not predatory?

Leading up to 2010, the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative categorized journals (and conferences) into four categories A*, A, B, and C (see this ...