, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp 771–786 | Cite as

A methodology for Institution-Field ranking based on a bidimensional analysis: the IFQ 2 A index

  • Daniel Torres-Salinas
  • Jose G. Moreno-TorresEmail author
  • Emilio Delgado-López-Cózar
  • Francisco Herrera


The problem of comparing academic institutions in terms of their research production is nowadays a priority issue. This paper proposes a relative bidimensional index that takes into account both the net production and the quality of it, as an attempt to provide a comprehensive and objective way to compare the research output of different institutions in a specific field, using journal contributions and citations. The proposed index is then applied, as a case study, to rank the top Spanish universities in the fields of Chemistry and Computer Science in the period ranging from 2000 until 2009. A comparison with the top 50 universities in the ARWU rankings is also made, showing the proposed ranking is better suited to distinguish among non-elite universities.


Rankings Universities Higher education Bibliometrics Shanghai ranking Bidimensional analysis Evaluation models Research performance assessment h-index 



Jose García Moreno-Torres is currently supported by a FPU grant from the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia of the Spanish Government. The authors would like to thank Nicolás Robinson García for reviewing the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Torres-Salinas
    • 1
  • Jose G. Moreno-Torres
    • 2
    Email author
  • Emilio Delgado-López-Cózar
    • 3
  • Francisco Herrera
    • 2
  1. 1.EC3: Evaluación de la Ciencia y la Comunicación Científica, Centro de Investigación Médica AplicadaUniversidad de NavarraNavarraSpain
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Artificial IntelligenceUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.EC3: Evaluación de la Ciencia y la Comunicación Científica, Departamento de Biblioteconomía y DocumentaciónUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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