Introduction

The "Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities" is released by National Taiwan University, and is also known as NTU Rankings. NTU Rankings provides a World University Rankings, rankings by 6 fields, and rankings by 27 selected subjects. In 2021, the World University Rankings released the top 800, and the performance ranking in 6 fields and 27 subjects are also published from the top 100 to the top 500, including Agricultural Sciences, Environment/ Ecology, Plant & Animal Science, Chemical Engineering…, etc. Furthermore, 3 subject-specific rankings are added to the list, with the subjects being Energy Science & Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering respectively.


provides a World University Rankings,
rankings by 6 fields,
and rankings by 27 selected subjects.

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The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities was hosted by Dr. Mu-Hsuan Huang, professor of library and information science at National Taiwan University. The ranking was first published in 2007 by Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), which utilized more objective methods and statistics to rank universities. This ranking system is designed to evaluate research universities’ achievements in scientific research by using objective indicators. (Further information about objective indicators can be found in the Methodology section.)

Since 2007, this ranking of the top 500 universities has been announced on an annual basis. In 2008 and 2009, the ranking of the top 300 universities in six fields was also released. In addition to the overall ranking and the ranking by fields, the ranking of the top 300 universities in 10 subjects have also been presented since 2010. In 2011, the HEEACT announced the overall ranking, while the performance rankings by field and subject were separately released by National Taiwan University. In the same year, we further included three more subjects under the discipline of agriculture into our subject rankings. The name of the ranking system was also changed from “HEEACT” to “Taiwan Ranking”. Since 2012, the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities has been individually and officially executed and released by National Taiwan University, with an overall, six-field, and 14-subject rankings provided. (Pharmacology and Toxicology have been included in the performance ranking since 2012). In 2017, the overall ranking of the top 500 to 800 universities was released, and also the performance ranking of the top 300 to 500 universities in six fields and a number of subjects out of 14 subjects, including chemistry, physics, agricultural sciences, pharmacology & toxicology, computer science, electrical engineering and materials science. Besides, the subject ranking of mathematics was issued to the top 400 universities. In 2018, parts of the 14 subjects are issued to the top 500 universities, including Plant & Animal Science, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. In 2019, the performance ranking included Clinical Medicine, Psychiatry/Psychology, Biology & Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Neuroscience & Behavior, Space Science, Economics & Business, Social Sciences and General. The top 300 universities of each field were issued, with the exception of Clinical Medicine, Social Sciences and General, subjects of which have their rankings till the top 500 universities. In 2020, the rankings of subject issued were the same as 2019. This year, 2021, 3 subject-specific rankings were added to the list, with them being Energy Science & Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Subject respectively. The top 300, 200 and 100 universities of these three subjects were announced. As for the subjects including Plant & Animal Science, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, the rankings of top 300 universities were released.

This ranking system evaluates the performances of the scientific papers of universities, and the indicators were designed to compare both the quality and the quantity of scientific papers in each university. Through examining the long-term performances and the short-term research efforts, we look forward to providing a more objective ranking as a reference of the diverse research performances of universities worldwide.