Yves Gingras gingras.yves at UQAM.CA
Wed Jul 9 10:06:24 EDT 2014

Hello all

In relation to these additional ³affiliations² one should also think about
how it is manipulated to rise the rank of ³competing² institutions... On
this topic See

Your list will now be useful for the kind of institutions that just ³buy²
people at a distance to get their address in their papers...

This ³game² was made public by the journal Science in december 2011. See:

Best regards
Yves Gingras

Le 09/07/14 04:36, « Bornmann, Lutz » <lutz.bornmann at GV.MPG.DE> a écrit :

> Thank you for this hint, Isidro! We will change this in the paper. Lutz
> From: ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Metrics
> [mailto:SIGMETRICS at LISTSERV.UTK.EDU] On Behalf Of Isidro F. Aguillo
> Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 9:41 AM
> Subject: Re: [SIGMETRICS] paper
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> Dear colleagues,
> The list analyzed by this paper is very important as it is one of the key
> variables used in ARWU, the Shanghai Ranking. The authors point out to
> problems in the "secondary affiliations" of some of these HCR, but dismiss it
> as according to the preprint ARWU is  considering only primary affiliations.
> But after checking the published methodology in the ARWU website:
> the following paragraph appears:
> "The number of Highly Cited Researchers in 21 subject categories. These
> individuals are the most cited within each category. If a Highly Cited
> Researcher has two or more affiliations, he/she was asked to estimate his/her
> weights (or number of weeks) for each affiliation. More than 2/3 of those
> multi-affiliated Highly Cited Researchers provided such estimations and their
> affiliations receive the weights accordingly. For those who did not answer,
> their first affiliation is given a weight of 84% (average weight of the first
> affiliations for those who replied) and the rest affiliations share the
> remaining 16% equally".
> On 09/07/2014 9:21, Bornmann, Lutz wrote:
>> Which of the world's institutions employ the most highly cited researchers?
>> An evaluation of the data from
>> Lutz Bornmann <> ,
>> Johann Bauer <>
>> A few weeks ago, Thomson Reuters published a list of the highly cited
>> researchers worldwide ( Since the data is freely available
>> for downloading and includes the names of the researchers' institutions, we
>> produced a ranking of the institutions on the basis of the number of highly
>> cited researchers per institution.
>> Available at:
>> ---------------------------------------
>> Dr. Dr. habil. Lutz Bornmann
>> Division for Science and Innovation Studies
>> Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society
>> Hofgartenstr. 8
>> 80539 Munich
>> Tel.: +49 89 2108 1265
>> Mobil: +49 170 9183667
>> Email: bornmann at
>> WWW: <>
>> ResearcherID:
>> <>
>> ResearchGate:
>> <>

Yves Gingras

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