Boosting the ranking of a university using self-citations

Maxime Mussard, Alex Pappachen James

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The unreal growth of some universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings is questioned. We show that the universities and individuals can exploit a weakness of ranking tables by engaging in excessive self-citations. The genuine efforts by the academic community to work towards high-quality research are put to shame, and unethical conduct and behaviour become acceptable. The credibility of global university ranking tables is under question.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1827
Number of pages1
JournalCurrent Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

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