Top European Institutions in Molecular Biology

May 13, 2010

Top European Institutions in Molecular Biology
Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators database, January 1999-December 2009
Euro rankWorld RankInstitutionPapersCitationsCitations per paper
12 European Molecular Biology Lab1,443 96,889 67.14
220 Medical Research Council, UK1,351 61,989 45.88
325 University of Oxford2,935 131,066 44.66
4 University of Geneva1,177 51,443 43.71
530 Max Planck Society4,840 203,153 41.97
632 University of Cambridge2,877 119,973 41.70
749 University College London2,822 101,248 35.88
850 German Cancer Research Center 1,048 37,494 35.78
951 University of Edinburgh1,583 56,219 35.51
1056 Pasteur Institute1,453 50,286 34.61
1163 University of Munich1,637 51,614 31.53
1264 Karolinska Institute1,688 52,562 31.14
1365 University of Utrecht1,160 36,014 31.05
1466 Imperial College London1,595 49,409 30.98
1568 CNRS, France2,925 89,290 30.53
1669 University of Helsinki1,492 45,178 30.28
1775 King’s College London1,346 39,432 29.30
1877 University of Freiburg1,000 ,863 .86
1979 University of Heidelberg1,6 35,016 .44
2080 University of Zurich1,363 37,150 .26
2181 University of Manchester1,217 32,742 26.90
2287 Leiden University1,205 30,807 25.57
2388 University of Rome La Sapienza1,067 ,3 25.56
2489 INRA, France1,186 30,313 25.56
2590 University of Uppsala1,128 28,548 25.31
2693 University of Milan1,082 26,048 24.07
94 University of Copenhagen1,074 25,797 24.02
2898 CSIC, Spain1,239 ,195 21.95
29100 INSERM, France1,552 32,173 20.73
30102CNR, Italy1,412 26,797 18.98

The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 1999 through 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. Individual papers published in influential multidisciplinary journals such as Nature and Science are also assigned to their appropriate fields.

Both articles tabulated and their citation counts 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) for European institutions that published 1,000 or more papers in molecular biology 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, 428 institutions are listed in the field of molecular biology, meaning that a total of 42,800 institutions were surveyed to obtain these results. Of the 428, 107 institutions published 1,000 or more papers. The ranking by citation impact seeks to reveal heavy hitters based on per-paper influence, not mere output or total citations. Also appearing is the world rank by impact for each of these European universities or research institutions.

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