The research laboratory SCImago Lab, linked to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), from Spain, released the ranking of institutions 2021, called SCImago Institutions Rankigs (SIR). In total, 7,533 institutions from all continents were analyzed, using a composite indicator that combines three different sets of metrics, research, innovation and social impact, measured by visibility on the internet.

In the overall standings of the SIR, bounded by Latin America, the University of São Paulo (USP) was in the first position. At the global level, USP went from 61st to 47th place, an improvement over the previous year, and being the best rated Latin American university. This ranking has the differential of incorporating not only educational institutions, but also companies that do research, such as government agencies and non-profit entities.

In research performance, the criteria are number of publications, international network cooperation, specialization of subjects and scientific impact. In this indicator, USP was the university in Latin America that most published scientific articles indexed in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.), that based SRI.

In the evaluation of innovation, the University of São Paulo was as sixth in Latin America.

In the social indicator, USP ranked as first in Latin America.

To achieve this outstanding result of the Universidade de São Paulo, all units, including the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, contributed through the work of Professors, researchers, employees and students, added to the support of investment sources such as São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement  (CAPES), National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development  (CNPq) and other partnership entities, including from abroad, which encourage and promote together with USP research, innovation and social contribution of excellence.

See SCImago Institutions Rankigs 2021, by type of indicator, location, different groupings of institutions and year of publication, access