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On Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain announced the results of 2020 first edition Webometrics Ranking for 30000 universities and educational institutes around the world.


The results showed that An-Najah National University is still ranked the 1st Palestinian university and 20th in the Arab World. It is also among top 10% of world universities.

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, also known as Ranking Web of Universities, is a ranking system for the world's universities based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the Web contents (number of web pages and files) and the visibility and impact of these web publications according to the number of external inlinks (site citations) they received. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) located in Madrid.

The aim of the Ranking is to improve the presence of the academic and research institutions on the Web and to promote the open access publication of scientific results. The ranking started in 2004 and is updated every January and July. Today it provides Web indicators for more than 12,000 universities worldwide.

The ranking methodology is shown in the table below:

INDICATORS

MEANING

METHODOLOGY

SOURCE

WEIGHT

PRESENCE

Public knowledge shared

 Size (number of pages) of the main webdomain of the institution. It includes all the subdomains that share the same (central/main) webdomain

 Google

5%

VISIBILITY

Web contents Impact

 Number of external networks (subnets) linking to the institution's webpages (normalized and then average value)

 Ahrefs
 Majestic

50%

TRANSPARENCY
(or OPENNESS)

Top cited researchers

 Number of citations from Top 110 authors (excl. top 10 outliers)
  See Transparent Ranking for additional info

 Google Scholar
 Profiles

10%

EXCELLENCE
(or SCHOLAR)

Top cited
papers

 Number of papers amongst the top 10% most cited in each one of the 26 disciplines of the full database
  Data for the five year period: 2013-2017

  Scimago

35%


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