Clarivate Analytics Institutional Profiles Enters Year Eight!

Driven by the idea that one size does not fit all and that evaluating university performance does not rely upon one set of metrics or characteristics, Clarivate Analytics set out in 2009 to build a single resource reflecting a number of university performance indicators in three areas:

  1. Bibliometrics – that is, paper and citation output from the Web of Science, an index of the world’s most important research literature
  2. Reputation data gathered through an annual Academic Reputation Survey
  3. Annually collected university statistics describing academic and research staff, student enrollment, degree awards and institutional and research income

From this dataset, the Institutional Profiles service was developed.  Institutional Profiles offers a multidimensional and unbiased comparison of all aspects of a university’s performance regardless of the university’s mission, size, geographical location or subject mix. The service includes 100 indicators, many normalized to overcome regional, subject, size, and other organizational differences. 

One of the most impactful uses of the Institutional Profiles data can be seen in InCites, a web-based research evaluation tool that allows an organization to analyze institutional productivity and benchmark output against peers worldwide.  Adding the Institutional Profiles dataset to InCites means universities that supply statistics through the Profiles Project display an additional set of indicators. 

Where traditional InCites data shows paper and citation metrics, the Institutional Profiles system report offers an additional layer of combined metrics, such as papers or citations per academic staff member, papers and citations per million dollars of institutional income, and proportion of internationally co-authored papers.   

While subsets of InCites and Institutional Profiles data are used in a variety of ways by ranking agencies— some of which have utilized changing methodologies over the years – the dataset itself and the data collection process run by Clarivate Analytics to obtain university statistics have remained stable.  This stability has provided universities, funding agencies and governments with a valuable tool to conduct useful trend analysis, identify weaknesses and strengths, find peer institutions, compare against global or regional benchmarks, and promote achievements to their stakeholders.

Motivated by the constant need to improve services and performance and to measure progress, as well as the desire to be included in various ranking efforts, new universities join the Profiles Project every year.  In 2009, Clarivate Analytics imagined the “Global 1000,” a dataset representing the globe’s best-performing universities.  What we have learned on our way to realizing that dataset is that all universities, and not just the traditional powerhouses, are interested in performance and assessment.  Efforts to measure performance regardless a university’s mission, size, geographical location or subject mix has proven valuable to universities in all stages of evolution, and perhaps even more so for universities aspiring to join the ranks of the elite.

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