Institutional heavy hitters in molecular biology and genetics

Data from Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators, 1 January 1997–31 October 2007

March 20, 2008

Institutions publishing large numbers of papers have a greater likelihood of collecting more citations than scientists publishing fewer papers. This ranking is by citations per paper (impact) among institutions that have collected 50,000 or more citations. In seeking to reveal the heavy hitters, this two-pronged analysis turns up smaller producers with outsized influence. 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, 373 institutions are listed in molecular biology and genetics, meaning that a total of 37,300 institutions were reviewed to obtain these results. Of the 373 institutions, 56 collected 50,000 or more citations. Cancer Research UK supports research at many institutions throughout the UK and is similar in its organisation to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US.

 ScientistPapersCitationsCitations per paper%3Cbr /%3E
1Cold Spring Harbor Lab Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA701 63,83091.06
2Salk Institute for Biological Studies La Jolla, California, USA745 56,97476.48
3Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts USA1,917 142,14074.15
4 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre New York, New York, USA1,112 75,52867.92
5 European Molecular Biology Lab Heidelberg, Germany1,585 101,32563.93
6 Cancer Research UK Various locations, UK970 58,74060.56
7 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre Dallas, Texas, USA1,717 100,95458.80
8 Rockefeller University New York, New York, USA1,383 80,47358.19
9 Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, Massachusetts, USA1,430 82,97458.02
10 Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA8,312 447,85353.88
The data above were extracted from Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators database. This database, currently covering the period January 1997 to December 2007, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Scientific. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Thomson Scientific’s journal-to-category field definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. For more information on Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators, see

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