The MIT Technology Review points up a new web site www.excellencemapping.net that makes a ranking among research institutions all over the world. The author is Lutz Bormann, from the Administrative Headquarters of Max Planck Society.
The ranking method is based on the rate at which an Institution produces high quality papers, assuming that the most cited are the most valuable too. So Bormann and colleagues selecy the best institution's papers in a given discipline based on 10 per cent of most highly cited.
The website gives the rank by discipline on a zoomable map.
The selection criteria is based on the number of citations, with no account wether this is positive or negative. It doesn't consider other parameters: job impact, number of patents ot quality teaching standards. So, the index can be improved.
The relation between university and economy is critical: in Europe the 80% of research doesn't reach the business, doesn't become innovation
At the moment you can access to the index requesting the password by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org