Research powerhouse: UCL top-cited in UK
15 July 2008
- UCL Research
UCL is the most-cited institution in the UK, and up one place from the last analysis to 13th in the world, according to new data released by the ISI Web of Knowledge’s Essential Science Indicators.
The analysis covers citations from 1 January 1998 to 30 April 2008, during which 46,166 UCL research papers attracted 803,566 citations. The number of citations generated by academic publications is an important indication of institutional importance and influence.
The report covers citations in 21 subject areas. The results revealed some of UCL’s key strengths:
- in Clinical Medicine – top outside North America
- in Neuroscience & Behaviour – top outside North America and second in the world
- in Psychiatry/Psychology – second outside North America
- in Immunology – second in Europe
- in Pharmacology & Toxicology – top outside North America and fourth in the world
- in Social Sciences, General – top outside North America.
Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), commented: “The volume of our publications in peer-reviewed journals reflects the excellence and productivity of our research activity. However, it is not enough for our research to be voluminous, or even excellent – it must have an impact on the world. The purpose of UCL’s research is to address the world’s grand challenges in global health, sustainable cities, intercultural understanding and human wellbeing. Publication is one significant process through which our work gains impact, and citations are a useful measure of that impact. This study makes clear the extent to which our activity is setting the agenda for research worldwide.”
To find out more, use the links at the top of this article.
Related news items
A 2006 CWTS and RAND Europe study found that, among English universities, UCL is the most cited by health researchers. Subsequently, the Department of Health announced that UCL is to be academic partner in one of five new Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centres and two of six new Specialist Biomedical Research Centres.
A research paper co-authored by Professor Katherine Homewood (UCL Anthropology) was recognised in 2005 as one of the most highly cited in its field.
A UCL-designed research paper was named one of 2005’s Red-Hot Research Papers by Thomson Scientific. The top-cited cancer paper was the ATAC study into breast cancer, which was in tenth place overall for the whole of medical science.
In 2007 Thomson Scientific declared Visiting Professor John Birks (UCL Geography) to be the world’s sixth most-cited geoscientist.
In November 2007 UCL entered the top ten of the THES-QS World University Rankings for the first time. It placed ninth in the rankings, thereby joining the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and Imperial College London in the global top ten. UCL was the fastest rising of any of the institutions in the top 20, having moved up from 25th in 2006.
UCL research into the relationship between amnesia and imagination was named one of the top ten breakthroughs of 2007 by ‘Science’ magazine.
UCL Neuroscience researchers generate more than 30% of the country’s contribution to the most highly cited publications in neuroscience, more than twice as much as any other university. In neuroimaging and clinical neurology, UCL produces 65% and 44% of the UK's contribution to the world's most highly cited papers, five-fold larger than that of the next highest UK institution.