The universities of the world are ranked by several different research institutions. In this study we will take a closer look at the Ranking Web of Universities (RWU) ranking, because it claims to be more extensive than the others and because its focus is on academic web presence of the universities. RWU has analyzed over 21 000 universities and the actual ranking covers 12 000 universities. This paper examines the internet visibility of the University of Jyväskylä and eight European countries and how the openness of universities has developed during last two editions of the Ranking Web of Universities. The Finnish Academy published a report The state of scientific research in Finland 2012 in October 2012. In this report The Academy is analyzing the relative citation impact of eight European countries. Analysis shows the good values of Switzerland, Netherlands and Denmark. If we analyze the statistics in the RWU and the Ranking Web of Repositories we might find connections between the success of universities, ranking in openness and repositories in Switzerland, Netherlands and Denmark. From the comparison of eight European countries we can find out that at least in Netherlands and Sweden there is a deep connection between the ranking of universities, repositories and the openness of the universities. But the most interesting developments can be seen, if we look at the trends of these numbers and figures. If we compare the top 5 universities of these countries we can see, that Finland, Denmark and Norway have improved their placing in openness substantially compared to Switzerland and even the whole RWU. These same countries seem to be in their way up also if we look at the development of relative citation impact in recent years. One explaining factor could be the Open Access policy of these countries and universities. Is it due to proper Open Access policy of the country, coincidence or unreliability of the methodology of Ranking Web of Universities is hard to say yet.
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