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Aug. 13, 2009

ISU ranks 66th internationally in scholarly web presence

by Diana Pounds

A research group that ranks universities based on the scientific and academic materials provided on their web sites puts Iowa State at No. 66 internationally. The binannual Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, comes from Cybermetrics Lab, the largest public research body in Spain. The group ranks universities by their web presence and, particularly, the access they provide to scholarly materials. The latest July ranking lists the top 6,000 universities in the world.

The rankings are based on the number of:

  • Pages on the university site
  • External sites that link to the university
  • Rich files (Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Postscript, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint) on the site
  • Papers and citations found on Google Scholar


ISU is 66th among 6,000 U.S. and international universities in a ranking based on scientific and academic materials on university web sites.