Google Scholar profiles of Dutch Universities

Early July I checked the Google Scholar uptake at Dutch Universities. Whilst collecting the data I also noted the total number of citations for each tenth scientist with a Google Scholar profile per university. To make sense of the results I plotted them as logarithmic values against rank number of the researcher when ordered on descending total number of citations.

Total number of citations per researcher according to Google Scholar
Total number of citations per researcher according to Google Scholar

Due to the uneven uptake of Google Scholar profiles per university it is too early to draw any firm conclusions on these profiles. But at face values three groups can be distinguished: Delft, Utrecht, Wageningen, UvA, RUG and VU showing very similar profiles. The middle group with Twente, Radboud Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Erasmus Rotterdam and Leiden University. Maastricht, Tilburg and the Open University close the ranks.

Looking carefully at the leading group. Utrecht has the most researchers high number of tatal citations. Wageningen takes over from around the total citations of 500 per researchers and Delft from around 150 total citations per researcher.

I can imagine when Google Scholar profiles become more established, these kind of graphs can be used in yeat another university ranking. The number of total citations under the graphs gives some indication of the publication success of the university staff at those universities.

Full data set is available at:

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  1. Can you repeat this plot, but with on the x-axis not the absolute ranking, but for each university the relative ranking (percentage). So, then all universities end up in the lower right corner, but it is easier to see which universities have a higher percentage of highly cited authors (i.e. the curve drops slower). For example, then you get a better visualization of the “mean” citation rate. I like to see the grouping then.

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