Chinese institutes in materials science

Data provided by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, 1999-2009

May 27, 2010

Rank in ChinaRank in WorldJournal Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1185Chinese University of Hong Kong3193,37510.58
2188City University of Hong Kong1,34514,18510.55
3203Peking University1,0069,9449.88
4212Hong Kong University of Science and Technology7146,9319.71
5220Fudan University9208,8539.62
6233University of Hong Kong5735,3769.38
7241University of Science and Technology of China1,67415,3979.20
8315Nanjing University1,2389.9128.01
9392Nankai University3712,6297.09
10404Jilin University1,86612,9196.92
11435Chinese Academy of Sciences13,82689,8376.50
12445Tsing Hua University4,353,86.39
13488Southwest Jiaotong University3662,1325.83
14500Hong Kong Polytechnic University1,5798,8875.63
15512Wuhan University6683,5875.37
16515Zhejiang University2,54013,5965.35
17550East China University of Science and Technology5972,8174.72
18551Beijing University of Chemical Technology4602,1684.71
19553Lanzhou University6032,8074.66
20564Hefei University of Technology3171,3844.37
China’s remarkable rise on the global landscape of scientific research is illustrated by its share of research papers in the internationally influential journals indexed by Thomson Reuters: in 2000, China contributed approximately 4 per cent of the world’s science publications whereas in 2009 China’s share reached nearly 11 per cent. China is now second to the United States in output. In terms of citation impact (citations per paper), the improvement has been more moderate: in 2000, papers by Chinese researchers were cited about half as often as the world average, while in 2009 this figure was about three-quarters of the world average. An increase in citation impact typically lags a rise in output.

National performance statistics, however, can sometimes mask outstanding performance of individual research institutions in a country. In the table above are listed some Chinese research institutions in the field of materials science, 1999-2009, ranked by citation impact. The average for Chinese papers in this field over this period was 4.41. The world average was 6.44. Thus, the institutions ranked 19th and above exceeded the average for China, and the institutions ranked 11th and above exceeded the world average in this field. The world ranking for each institution in Essential Science Indicators is also provided in the table.

It should be noted that a total of 619 institutions are listed in Essential Science Indicators for materials science, among those that produced at least 100 papers over the period. Only those institutions that rank in the top 1 per cent by total citations are presented in the database.

The top-ranked institutions for China reveal four in Hong Kong as well as two world-class institutions – Peking University and the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei – that frequently turn up among Chinese institutions exhibiting the highest citations per paper performance in specific scientific fields.

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