Top 20 institutions in molecular biology and genetics

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

February 11, 2010

 InstitutionPapers CitationsCitations per paper
1 Cold Spring Harbor Lab669 63,570 95.02
2 MIT1,995 163,596 82.00
3 Salk Institute for Biological Studies707 49,996 70.72
4European Molecular Biology Lab1,435 94,736 66.02
5Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre1,099 71,250 64.83
6Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute790 50,997 64.55
7Rockefeller University1,332 83,307 62.54
8Dana Farber Cancer Institute673 41,6 61.85
9Massachusetts General Hospital1,447 86,773 59.97
10Cancer Research UK752 44,343 58.97
11Caltech846 45,887 54.24
12Harvard University8,525 460,807 54.05
13University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre1,768 95,517 54.03
14Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine674 36,335 53.91
15Stanford University3,029 159,610 52.69
16Howard Hughes Medical Institute660 34,534 52.32
17University of California Berkeley2,252 116,461 51.71
18The Scripps Research Institute1,462 75,383 51.56
19Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre1,141 58,184 50.99
20University of California San Francisco3,266165,73250.74
The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 1999 through October 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.

This ranking is by citations per paper (impact) among those institutions that published 500 or more papers in molecular biology and genetics during the period. For papers with multiple institutional addresses, each institution receives full, not fractional, 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, 423 institutions are listed in the field of molecular biology and genetics, meaning that a total of 42,300 institutions were surveyed to obtain the results. Of these, 239 institutions published 500 or more papers. The ranking by citations per paper seeks to reveal “heavy-hitters” based on per paper influence, not mere output. US institutions account for 16 of the top 20 listings.

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