The annual ranking objectively measures scientific impact based on research citations and collaboration worldwide
By: Kris Lovekin
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — UC Riverside ranked 10th in natural sciences and engineering in the annual Leiden ranking of the top 500 major universities in the world in terms of research impact. UCR’s scientific impact in the natural sciences and engineering exceeded that of Princeton, Yale and Caltech.
Overall in all sciences, the campus was ranked 35th in the world, and 29th in North America. The rankings come from the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. This ranking covers citations to research publications from 2008 through 2011.
Unlike some rankings based on surveys or reputation, the Leiden ranking is based on measures of scientific and research impact and collaboration, as measured in data from the Web of Science bibliographic database produced by Thomson Reuters.
UCR also ranked among the top one hundred universities in the world in social sciences and humanities (79), life and earth sciences (95) and biomedical and health sciences (90).
“Our faculty’s scientific impact is truly remarkable, as measured by objective data, said Dallas Rabenstein, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. “ I could not be more proud of the research accomplishments of the UCR faculty.”
Impact is determined by several indicators, including the average number of citations of the publications of a university, and the proportion of publications that belong in the top 10 percent most frequently cited.
According to the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, the Leiden Ranking “offers more advanced indicators of scientific impact and collaboration and uses a more transparent methodology.”