US universities pioneer electronic publishing

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A recent survey indicating a university's commitment to electronic publishing reveals Stanford, MIT, Berkeley and Harvard are leading the way. Meanwhile, Europe’s best - Cambridge - trails at 21st position.

The latest edition of the 'World Universities' Ranking on the Web', indicates an organisation's commitment to electronic publication and open access as well as its level of international activity.

UK-based Oxford University scraped 40th place while the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich came in at 41. The University of Helsinki followed at 44.

'There are only two Italian universities and no French institutions in the Top 200 positions which shows how the digital divide is quite wide even in developed countries,' said a spokesperson for the survey. 'It is also worth mentioning that only three [institutions] from Japan appear among the first 200 universities.'