Top institutions in neuroscience and behaviour

February 5, 2009

 InstitutionPapers CitationsCitations per paper
1 Salk Institute for Biological Studies (CA)835 43,559 52.17
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology1,070 43,766 40.90
3 Massachusetts General Hospital2,107 85,593 40.62
4 Rockefeller University (NY)1,066 43,170 40.50
5 California Institute of Technology661 25,756 38.97
6 Medical Research Council (UK)747 29,079 38.93
7 University of California, San Francisco3,130 112,195 35.85
8 Natl Inst of Mental Health, NIH (MD)2,007 70,822 35.29
9 Stanford University (CA)2,573 90,676 35.24
10 Washington University (MO)2,581 90,577 35.09
11 Harvard University (MD)6,455 223,452 34.62
12 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center1,135 38,449 33.88
13 The Scripps Research Institute (CA)987 32,176 32.60
14 University of Cambridge (UK)2,177 69,821 32.07
15 Yale University (CT)3,297 104,908 31.82
16 Baylor College of Medicine (TX) 1,410 44,263 31.39
17 Natl Inst of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH (MD)1,914 59,876 31.28
18 University of California, San Diego3,145 96,066 30.55
19 University of California, Berkeley911 ,756 30.47
20Max Planck Society (Germany)3,504105,40830.08
The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This data­base, currently covering the period January 1998 through October 2008, 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 Thomson Reuters’ journal-to-category field-definition scheme.

Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles 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), among those institutions that have collected 25,000 or more citations in neuroscience and behaviour. 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, 437 institutions are listed in the field of neuroscience and behaviour, meaning that a total of 43,700 institutions were reviewed to obtain these results. Of the 437, 81 institutions collected 25,000 or more citations. The ranking by citations per paper (impact) seeks to reveal heavy-hitters based on per-paper influence. For more information on Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, see

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