Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021     Views: 7

The annual THE University Impact Rankings assesses how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These rankings are based on research, outreach, and stewardship and are the only ranking system in the world to assess higher education’s sustainability impact.

  • The indicators are used to cover three broad areas: research, outreach, and stewardship. The methodology states that research data is sourced from Scopus, with other information such as staff and student data provided by Universities and therefore measures used differ for each SDG.
  • The data is sourced from Scopus, and is  published  from indexing outputs  that are eligible for SDG allocation.
  • Scopus assigns SDGs to outputs based on the presence of specific keywords in the title, abstract, or keyword of each publication.
  • Refer to the documentation that explains the approaches that are used to map publications against the SDGs, with search term aligned to the definition of each SDG.
  • The extensive list of keywords in each search string criteria means that if you are choosing keywords that accurately reflect the content of the article then the article is likely to be associated the  relevant SDG.

Note: It is not possible to retrospectively apply SDGs to previously published outputs due to not being permitted to amend the wording of the title, abstract, and keywords assigned to the output at the time of publishing.

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