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Having only two research institutions in the list is not that bad if these institutions perform better compared to the rest based on the six indicators. (If you can’t follow what I am talking about, please see previous post.)

In this sub-filler, I will present the scores of the two institutions and compare each other’s score (which is not fair because it’ll be like comparing apples and oranges).

On the next sub-filler, I will compare these institutions with ‘similar’ institutions in Asia which I think is the fairer comparison.

Here are the scores of the two in six indicators.

Source: Scimago Institutions Rankings World Reports, September 2011. Click for larger image.

WR, RR, CR are the World Rank, Region Rank (Asia), Country Rank, respectively.  Don’t mind these rankings. It is only based on the number of publications output.

IC is International Collaboration.

IC shows an institution’s output ratio that has been produced in collaboration with foreign institutions. The values are computed by analyzing the institution’s output whose affiliation includes more than one country address over the whole period.

Q1 is a measure of high quality publications.

Q1 is the ratio of publications that an institution publishes in the most influential scholarly journals of the world; those ranked in the first quartile (25%) in their categories as ordered by SCImago Journal Rank  SJR indicator.

Normalized Impact “scores indicate the scientific impact that institutions have over the scientific community.”

The values, expressed in percentages, show the relationship of an institution’s average scientific impact and the world average, which is 1, –i.e. a score of 0.8 means the institution is cited 20% below average and 1.3 means the institution is cited 30% above average.

Specialization Index ” indicates the extent of thematic concentration /dispersion of an institution’s scientific output.”

Values range between 0 to 1, indicating generalistic vs. specialized institutions respectively. This indicator is computed according to the Gini Index used in Economy.

Excellence rate “is the ability of institutions to produce best-quality papers among their output.”

The Excellence Rate indicates which percentage of an institution’s scientific output is included into the set formed by the 10% of the most cited papers in their respective scientific fields. It is a measure of high quality output of research institutions.

A more expanded explanation of the indicators can be found here.

UP Diliman’s 0.90 Normalized Impact score means that research papers from the UP are cited 10% below the world’s average.  It ranks 2078th  (of 3042) in the world and 305th (of 797) in Asia.

UP Diliman’s rank using the Excellence rate is 2369th and 475th for the world and Asia, respectively.

If UP is the best university we have, then the country is in a lot of trouble. More on this in my next sub-filler.

IRRI has higher Normalized Impact and Excellence rate than UP Diliman. It ranks 521st in the world and 12th in Asia for NI, while 453rd in the world and 11th in Asia in ER.

Again, I have to emphasize that the ranking of the institutions is just a number.

The scores in the indicators are more important.  For example, the IC of UP Diliman means that 50.1% of its research are from collaborations abroad. Specialization Index value of 1 of IRRI shows that their research falls on a very specific and narrow theme.

In short, Sapinit vs Bignay.



[1] http://www.scimagoir.com/index.php