Top British institutions in environment and ecology

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, January 2000-February 2010

July 22, 2010

UK rankWorld rankInstitution Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1 9 University of Oxford86920,03823.06
2 17 University of York441 9,72822.06
3 24 University of East Anglia64013,38820.92
4 30 University of Sheffield84817,31720.42
5 32University of Lancaster63812,88420.19
6 35 University of Edinburgh73314,69720.05
7 37 University College London4178,24919.78
8 50 Rothamsted Research3536,38718.09
9 55 British Antarctic Survey3646,45717.74
10 57 Imperial College London1,06618,62817.47
11 67 University of Cambridge74812,75417.05
12 82 University of Leeds66510,97816.51
13 90 University of Bristol3846,17316.08
14 98 Centre for Ecology and Hydrology6259,71215.54
15 102 University of Reading 5538,50915.39
16 103 University of Wales 400 6,15015.38
17 111 Macaulay Land Use Research Institute 3505,28315.09
18 121 Newcastle University 4977,31014.71
19 122 University of Birmingham 4806,96114.50
20 126 University of Stirling 3224,614.37
21 132 University of Aberdeen 79611,28914.18
22 143 University of Exeter 3725,08313.66
23 147 Cardiff University 3484,73813.61
24 151 University of Southampton 3955,30613.43
25 159 University of Liverpool 3574,66413.06
The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 2000 to February 2010, 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) for British institutions that published 300 or more papers in the field of environmental sciences and ecology 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, 529 institutions are listed in the field of environment and ecology, meaning that a total of 52,900 institutions were surveyed to obtain the results. Of the 529 institutions, 303 published 300 or more papers. The ranking by citation impact seeks to reveal heavy hitters based on per paper influence, not mere output.

Also appearing is the world rank by impact for each of these British institutions. Readers should recognise that environment and ecology represents a mix of fields including but not limited to biodiversity, climate change as it affects the environment, environmental toxicology, fishery studies, hydrology and water resources, plant sciences and forestry studies, soil science and zoology.

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