The value of the THE rankings, but not their price, is drastically reduced by their lack of transparency so that it is impossible, for example, to tell whether a change in the score for research results from an increase in publications, a decline in the number of staff, an improved reputation or an increase in research income.
The paper describes the THE citations indicator as “bizarre and ridiculous”:
Here are some of the universities that appeared in the top 50 of last year’s citation indicator which supposedly measures research influence or quality: Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Brighton and Sussex medical School, Reykjavik University, Anglia Ruskin University, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.
Based on citations, it appears the most influential university in the world is Babol Noshirvani University of Technology in Iran, while our neighbour Anglia Ruskin comes in 22nd, ahead of Johns Hopkins. Well done!