SAGE Research Methods – new platform

A better SAGE Research Methods experience is here. The new platform has an improved search capability and overall usability. It will work equally well on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Access to the current platform will end 28th July 2016.

Benefits of the new platform include:

  • A unified platform for text and video content, providing users with a multimedia research experience
  • Improved discoverability of content, both from within the platform and from external sources
  • The Methods Map has been improved, allowing users to explore method concepts with greater ease.
  • The browse options have been enhanced to align with user needs – allowing browse by discipline, content type, and method topic.

Personal Profiles, Method Lists and Saved Searches:

  • Staff and students personal profiles will be migrated across to the new site. When you first visit the new site, click ‘Profile’ in the top right hand corner of the page, and click ‘Reset your password’. Follow the instructions to reset your password. Once this is done you will be able to login.
  • All My Method lists will be migrated across to the new site. They will now be called Reading Lists, but will contain all the content they contained on the current site.
  • Saved Searches will not be available on the new site. The new site performs searches in a different manner to the current site. This means that saved searches cannot be migrated.

Times Higher Education rating 76 – what lies behind this rise

Autumn is the time of University Rankings. In August we got Shanghai, in September QS World University and now Times Higher Education (THE). The latter offered the University of Helsinki a considerable rise from place 103 to 76.

Let´s see more detailed which role the bibliometric methods play in these results. In the Shanghai ranking they comprise 40% of the total result, in the QS ranking only 20%. In the THE ranking references bring 30% of the result and publication volume 6%.


Sometimes databases can play a central role. Instead of Web of Science, THE is now for the first time using Scopus. This crossover has also raised the rankings of other European and Finnish universities in contrast to American Universities whose ratings now sank. However, also QS uses Scopus but in its ratings the ranking of the University of Helsinki has sunk. Explanation to this is the significant change which has taken place in the means of measuring. Five of the largest disciplines are now equally emphasized. In this method medicine and natural sciences usually lose impact in publication ratings.

 Library and Metrics Tools

Shanghai ranking uses the Web of Science in its quantitative method likewise Taiwan (TNU) ranking, which results we expect in October. TNU rankings are solely based on the bibliometric indicators.

Both Web of Science and Scopus are accessible in the University of Helsinki network, likewise the Analyzing tools of these databases: InCites and SciVal. The Helsinki University Library´s Metrics team actively uses these tools as part of their analysis.

Text: Eva Isaksson
Translation and editing: Ursula Virolainen