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Saturday, October 7, 2017

2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings: Research

THEFollowing up on my previous posts on the 2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings (links below):  here are the Top 25 law schools in Research: Volume, Income, and Reputation (methodology below the fold), which counts 30.8% in the overall ranking:

  1. Duke (1 overall ranking)
  2. KU Leuven (24)
  3. Cambridge (5)
  4. Oxford (6)
  5. Stanford (2)
  6. Toronto (10)
  7. Hong Kong (18)
  8. Pennsylvania (11)
  9. Harvard (9)
  10. NYU (12)
  11. Chicago (4)
  12. University College London (8)
  13. Yale (3)
  14. UC-Berkeley (19)
  15. Michigan (15)
  16. Leiden (20)
  17. Edinburgh (14)
  18. King's College London (25)
  19. Melbourne (7)
  20. Cornell (22)
  21. Tilburg (36)
  22. National University of Singapore (30)
  23. Amsterdam (23)
  24. McGill (13)
  25. South Wales (31)

World University Rankings 2018 by Subject: Law Methodology:

The subject tables employ the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2018, brought together with scores provided under five categories. However, the overall methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields.

World University Rankings 2018 Methodology:

The most prominent indicator in this category looks at a university’s reputation for research excellence among its peers, based on the responses to our annual Academic Reputation Survey.

Research income is scaled against academic staff numbers and adjusted for purchasing-power parity (PPP). This is a controversial indicator because it can be influenced by national policy and economic circumstances. But income is crucial to the development of world-class research, and because much of it is subject to competition and judged by peer review, our experts suggested that it was a valid measure. This indicator is fully normalised to take account of each university’s distinct subject profile, reflecting the fact that research grants in science subjects are often bigger than those awarded for the highest-quality social science, arts and humanities research.

To measure productivity we count the number of papers published in the academic journals indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database per scholar, scaled for institutional size and normalised for subject. This gives a sense of the university’s ability to get papers published in quality peer-reviewed journals. This year, we devised a method to give credit for papers that are published in subjects where a university declares no staff.

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