Global Comparisons

What's New in Global Comparisons?

Global Comparisons enable you to evaluate the research performance of countries and institutions in selected subject areas. Use these reports to:

  • Compare the performance of countries or institutions in relation to their peers
  • Track the progress of single country or institution in one or more subject areas during a specific time period
  • Identify areas of strength and weakness by selecting a group of countries or institutions and then sorting by Web of Science documents or by different citation metrics

Performance metrics are recalculated every year. They can and do change in response to shifts in the size and scope of research populations. For example, an institutional comparisons report in 2010 may show fewer Web of Science documents for 1985 than the same report did in 2008. Such a decrease may be caused by several factors. For example:

  • An institution may contract as a result of a divestiture
  • A group of institutions may lose a member institution

Global Comparisons Data

Global Comparisons metrics are calculated from Web of Science documents classified as Article, Note or Review. Proceedings papers are excluded unless they are also classified as Articles in Web of Science (some documents in Web of Science are assigned to more than one document type).

The data used to calculate metrics--number of documents and Times Cited--are variables. They may change from year to year or once every few years or never.