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Russian universities top Leiden collaborations ranking

Two Russian universities have moved into the top-five of the 2013 Leiden rankings, breaking out from the middle of the pack in an earlier comparison of the world’s top 500 universities' international links.

The international collaboration ranking, published on 17 April, is based on the proportion of the publications each university produces that have co-authors from at least two countries. It uses data from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science database and counts research articles and reviews. The 2013 ranking is based on publications from 2008-11.

In 2013, Saint Petersburg State University came first and Lomonosov Moscow State University (pictured above) was fourth. In the 2012 Leiden Ranking, which was based on publication data for 2005 to 2009, Saint Petersburg State University was 174th and Lomonosov Moscow State University was 260th.

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