September 30, 2010

The data above on the top 10 UK institutions in economics and business by citation impact were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 2000 to June 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-field definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Naturally, institutions publishing many papers have a greater likelihood of collecting more citations than those publishing fewer papers. So, this ranking is by citations per paper (impact) for UK institutions that published 500 papers or more in economics and business 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, 185 institutions are listed in the field of economics and business, meaning

that a total of 18,500 institutions were surveyed to obtain these results. Of the 185, 78 institutions published

500 papers or more. The ranking by citation impact seeks to reveal heavy hitters based on per-paper influence, not mere output. The world average in impact for economics and business for this period was 5.82. Therefore, those institutions ranked ninth and above in the table surpassed the world mark. Also appearing in the table is the world rank by impact for each of these UK institutions, among all that published 500 papers or more.

Several UK universities that did not produce 500 papers or more during the period achieved high impact scores: University of Sussex (252 papers and impact of 10.47), University of Edinburgh (298 papers and impact of 8.16), University of Strathclyde (358 papers and impact of 7.84) and University of East Anglia (300 papers and impact of 7.74).

For more information on the Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators database, see

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, January 2000-June 2010
UK rankWorld rank InstitutionPapersCitationsCites/ paper
120London Business School6217,82512.60
248University College London5644,7978.51
352University of Oxford1,0928,8958.15
455 University of York 518 4,0 7.77
557London School of Economics1,3009,9337.64
659University of Cambridge879 6,394 7.
760 University of Nottingham 996 7.1247.15
861 University of Warwick 988 7.015 7.10
965 Cardiff University 577 3,498 6.06
1075 University of Manchester7783,8034.89

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