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Publications and impact

See also REF 2021 and Why Study with us for further examples of research excellence and impact.

REF graphic research power
  • In the calendar year 2022, Institute staff published 1959 papers; 61 were published in the top 50 of all scientific journals (ranked by ESI impact factors), including Nature, Science, Lancet and BMJ. 12 of our professors are named as being among the most influential academics in the world (Clarivate Web of Science’s ‘Highly Cited Researchers 2022’). Please see our news item for further details.
  • Impact case studies (from the UCL Impact website)
  • #MadeAtUCL campaign ground-breaking research and discoveries

Please see UCL Discovery for a list of departmental publications by year. You can also search for specific authors, titles etc within UCL Discovery. Publication data for individuals within the Department is also available within their UCL Profile.


UCL ranked as a leader in academic-corporate and academic collaborations in Alzheimer's research

Elsevier has published a new metric for Alzheimer’s research, which finds that UCL is #3 in the world for Alzheimer’s research (2013-2018), while also being a leader in academic-corporate and academic collaborations. Elsevier’s report entitled Alzheimer’s Disease Research Insights: Impact, Trends, Opportunities finds:

  • UCL is amongst the top three global institutions for scholarly output on Alzheimer’s research between 2013-2018, with Harvard University and the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale narrowly above. This makes UCL the leading institution for Alzheimer’s research output in the UK.
  • Globally, Elsevier’s report finds that UCL is the top university for academic-corporate collaborations in Alzheimer’s research, with 15.2% of UCL research involving a corporate.
  • UCL is the second most prolific institution for international academic collaborations (75.7% of UCL’s output of research in Alzheimer’s disease between 2013-2018).
  • Read the full report

    RAND report shows that UCL has the highest share of highly cited publications in Neurology in England

    An independent report by RAND (2015) which examined highly-cited research, i.e. research publications falling into the top 20% for citations in their year and field, showed that UCL has the highest share of Highly Cited Publications (HCPs) in Neuroimaging (21.1%), Neurosciences (18.1%) and Clinical neurology (15.6%) and in the Dementias Highlight Area (15.5%) – in all cases significantly more than the nearest competitor.

    Neuroimaging is one of only two subject areas covered in the analysis where one HEI has over 20% of all HCPs