According to the latest edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, BSU’s electronic library has moved up 31 positions, being now ranked 97th.
The main library of the Belarusian State University was one of the first in Belarus to start registering the full text of scientific publications, alongside teaching and methodical materials by university scholars and professors, within global databases. In addition, the BSU library has been digitising documents to make them available to the entire international community. The library’s collection now boasts about 40,000 full-text publications by university scholars and professors.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has been compiled for the ninth year, by Spanish Laboratorio de Internet Research Laboratory, being updated in January and July. This July, the rating covered over 1,500 electronic libraries of higher educational establishments and research centres form around the world. The final score is calculated as a weight average of four indicators: Presence, Impact, Openness and Excellence. These characterise the presence of universities on the Internet, including their level of scientific publications.
The ranking aims to support open access to research publications and other educational materials in electronic form, encouraging researchers to publish online, making editions available to colleagues and anyone interested, wherever they are.
Among CIS universities, the Belarusian State University is up one notch, into 4th place, right after Lomonosov Moscow University, St. Petersburg State University and MEPhI National Research Nuclear University. The BSU is ranked 32nd among universities in Central and Eastern Europe.