Top institutions in plant and animal sciences

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, January 1999-June 2009

April 8, 2010

 InstitutionPapers CitationsCitations per paper
1John Innes Centre, UK1,13442,568 37.54
2RIKEN, Japan92625,453 .49
3Max Planck Society, Germany2,858 65,851 23.04
4 University of California, San Diego1,143 25,349 22.18
5 University of California, Berkeley2,121 43,417 20.47
6 University of Arizona1,717 31,073 18.10
7CNRS, France2,303 33,022 14.34
8University of Washington2,226 31,089 13.97
9Wageningen University4,083 54,517 13.35
10University of Cambridge1,949 25,875 13.28
11CSIRO, Australia3,729 49,339 13.23
12Cornell University4,912 64,964 13.23
13Washington State University 2,473 32,544 13.16
14University of Wisconsin3,977 52,336 13.16
15University of Missouri2,497 30,756 12.32
16Purdue University2,673 32,600 12.20
17INRA, France6,199 75,164 12.13
18Michigan State University3,469 42,055 12.12
19University of British Columbia2,539 29,670 11.69
20Iowa State University2,682 31,115 11.60
The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 1999 to December 2009, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and the Thomson Reuters journal-to-category field-definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Naturally, institutions publishing large numbers of papers have a greater likelihood of collecting more citations than those publishing fewer papers.

This ranking is by citations per paper (impact), among those institutions that have collected 25,000 or more citations in plant and animal sciences during the period. For papers with multiple institutional addresses, each institution receives full, not fractional, citation credit. Essential Science Indicators lists institutions ranked in the top 1 per cent for a field over a given period, based on total citations. For the current version, 887 institutions are listed in the field of plant and animal sciences, meaning that a total of 88,700 institutions were surveyed to obtain these results. Of the 887, 40 institutions collected 25,000 or more citations. The ranking by citations per paper (impact) seeks to reveal heavy-hitters based on per paper influence, not mere output. US institutions account for 11 of the 20, followed by two each for the UK and France, and one each for Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada.

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