Two important changes regarding rankings:
- There are now rankings of authors and institution by field. As discussed before, the procedure is the following: identify relevant authors by the number of papers announced in NEP field reports. Past a threshold (currently 25% of all announced papers or 5 announced papers), the author is considered specialist of her field (see discussion. For institutions, each affiliated author contributes with a weight corresponding to the proportion of papers announced in the field, irrespective whether the threshold was met (see discussion).
- For rankings within regions (and within fields, described above), authors and institutions are not anymore ranked by picking them from the “grand list”, i. e., the ranking of all authors or institutions. Rather, the ranking is performed within the respective subgroup: for example, authors are ranked with the others of the same region according to all criteria, and then ranking points are aggregated. This had already been done a few months ago for women, which led complaints about this particular ranking to virtually disappear…
Soon, we will also add citation rankings for recent papers. An announcement will be made on this blog in a week or two. Note that all these rankings are experimental and subject to changes. We welcome discussions and suggestions about them in the comment section.