Thomson Reuters announces launch of third annual Academic Reputation Survey

Over 200,000 academics are currently being invited to provide their expert opinion for the world’s biggest survey of university reputations.

March 12, 2012

Thomson Reuters today announced the launch of its third annual Academic Reputation Survey. The survey forms two key indicators of the 13 used to create the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings, next published in Autumn 2012. The survey results are also used in isolation to produce the annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

The World Reputation Rankings 2012 will be published on Thursday, 15 March 2012, based on the 17,554 responses to last year’s Academic Reputation Survey.

So far, in just two annual rounds of the survey, almost 31,000 experienced academics from 149 countries have taken part, providing rich insights into global university reputations.

“We are very pleased with the increasing numbers of participants from all over the world and expect even more this year,” said Simon Pratt, product manager at Thomson Reuters. “Thomson Reuters will continue to offer academics and researchers the opportunity to highlight what they believe to be the strongest universities in their specific fields, both in teaching and research.”

The survey simply asks respondents which institutions they consider the best in terms of both research and teaching. From the start of the survey until its close in late April, respondents will have the opportunity to answer questions in six subject areas: engineering and technology; physical sciences; life sciences; clinical, preclinical and health; social sciences; and arts and humanities.

To help control for language and translation bias, the survey is offered in nine languages: Arabic, Brazilian, Portuguese, European Portuguese, English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.

As well as fuelling Times Higher Education rankings, the survey forms part of Thomson Reuters’ Global Institutional Profiles Project, an initiative to create data-driven profiles of globally significant research institutions.

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