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UC Ranks High in Scholarly Publications

by Charles McFadden, Office of the President
posted November 11, 1998

University of California faculty are among the most frequently cited in scholarly journals throughout the world, according to an independent national science group.

The Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information has just published a report on how often professors' research papers were cited in a total of 21 science and social science fields from 1993 through 1997.

The Institute examined 16,000 international journals, books and professional conference proceedings to determine which papers were cited most frequently.

When the results were tallied, the University of California's faculty claimed three of the top 11 positions as "high impact" U.S. research universities in the institute's national ranking.

Christopher King, editor of the institute's newsletter ScienceWatch, said the survey results are a direct measurement of how important professors in the field believe a work to be. The survey counts both the number of times research papers were published and how often those papers are cited in research conducted by other scholars throughout the world. It divides each university's total citations in a discipline by the number of papers the school produced in that discipline to obtain each university's average citations-per-paper or impact.

The Institute's newsletter tracks trends and performance in the top 100 federally funded research universities. Fields covered by the survey include biology, clinical medicine, engineering, law, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and biology.

UC faculty most often cited by worldwide scholars, according to theInstitute's study, were from Berkeley, Santa Barbara and San Diego, ranking respectively in the seventh, ninth and 11th positions nationally.


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