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Clarivate Analytics to provide Web of Science Data for NIRF

November 26, 2016

On November 16, Clarivate Analytics, formerly the IP and Science business of New York City headquartered Thomson Reuters has been selected to provide research metrics from Web of ScienceTM for the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) – a methodology adopted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to rank all institutions of higher education in India.

Data from the Web of Science will be one of the multiple parameters used to analyse over 3,000 academic institutions and rank them based on a combined framework developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Clarivate will conduct this analysis in collaboration with the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and INFLIBNET, as formalised in a three-part Memorandum of Understanding signed in New Delhi.

The Indian government plans to release its ranking in April of 2017. In addition to an overall ranking, it will include rankings within specific disciplines such as engineering, medicine, pharmacy, architecture, law and management.

A key change in the NIRF for 2017 is the inclusion of research quality metrics in granting the research score to each institute. The Category Normalised Citation Impact is one such research quality metric. This normalises the citation count for each article for publication year and subject category. An additional research quality metric used is the number of highly cited papers as featured in the Web of Science database. This recognises the leading papers in a particular field based on the number of citations it has received.

“The National Institutional Ranking Framework promises to catalyse academic and research excellence in Indian academic institutions. The introduction of research quality metrics in NIRF will also reward and encourage quality research,” said Arvind Pachhapur, South Asia Head, Clarivate Analytics.

The Web of Science database provides a single destination to access the most reliable, integrated, multidisciplinary research. Used by over 7,000 research organizations across the world, Web of Science™ consists of seven citation databases including sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities covering impactful scientific research from scholarly books, journals, conference proceedings, published data sets and patents.  Web of Science data has been used in other global rankings such as Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, Reuters Top 100 most innovative Asian universities and the CWTS Leiden Ranking.

Delhi based National Board of Accreditation is a world class accrediting agency that ensures the highest degree of credibility in assurance of quality and relevance of professional education in India.

Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre is an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India – a major national programme initiated by the UGC in March 1991.

Formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, today ClarivateTM Analytics is an independent company with over 4,000 employees, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information, visit



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