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Ranked by Citation Impact, among those publishing 500 or more papers. From Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM database, January 1, 2000 - December 31, 2010.

Rank Institution Papers Citations Citation Impact
1 Osaka University 1,046 60,911 58.23
2 Yale University 1,244 57,616 46.32
3 Kyoto University 618 28,521 46.15
4 Brigham and Women’s Hospital 814 36,481 44.82
5 La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology 508 22,335 43.97
6 Scripps Research Institute 830 36,325 43.77
7 Washington University 1,078 44,964 41.71
8 Stanford University 1,099 44,107 40.13
9 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 2,159 84,999 39.37
10 University of Chicago 550 21,201 38.55
11 Harvard University 4,088 155,610 38.07
12 University of Oxford 1,538 56,307 36.61
13 University of Washington 1,692 60,731 35.89
14 New York University 715 25,617 35.83
15 Massachusetts General Hospital 601 21,445 35.68
16 University of California San Francisco 1,765 62,389 35.35
17 National Cancer Institute 1,568 54,191 34.56
18 University of California San Diego 899 30,701 34.15
19 University of Massachusetts 706 23,538 33.34
20 University of Texas Health Science Center Houston 538 17,374 32.29
21 Emory University 1,058 32,914 31.11
22 Boston University 558 17,032 30.52
23 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas 634 19,281 30.41
24 University of Iowa 650 19,706 30.32
25 Duke University 884 26,706 30.21
26 University of California Los Angeles 1,373 40,538 29.53
27 Northwestern University 583 16,863 28.92
28 University of Tokyo 1,123 32,412 28.86
29 University of Pennsylvania 1,598 45,967 28.77
30 University of Minnesota 874 24,951 28.55
SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM database, January 1, 2000 - December 31, 2010.

The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 2000 through December 2010, surveys only journal articles (restricted to research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a field based on the journals in which they were published and the Thomson Reuters journal-to-field classification scheme. Papers in multidisciplinary journals such as Nature and Science are assigned to specific fields on an article-by-article basis. 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. This ranking is by citations per paper (citation impact) for institutions that published 500 or more papers in the field of immunology during the period. For papers with multiple institutional addresses, each institution receives full, not fractional, publication and citation credit.

Essential Science Indicators lists institutions ranked in the top 1% for a field over a given period, based on total citations. For the current version, 318 institutions are listed in the field of immunology, meaning that a total of approximately 31,800 institutions were surveyed to obtain these results. Of the 318, 88 institutions published 500 or more papers. The ranking by citation impact seeks to reveal “heavy-hitters” based on per paper influence, not mere output or total citations. The average impact in immunology for the period was 21.81. Thus, all listed above performed well above the world average.

The United States is dominant in the ranking, represented by 26 of the 30 institutions listed. The United Kingdom is represented by Oxford University, at 12th. Japanese institutions appear three times (Osaka University, at 1st, Kyoto University, at 3rd, and the University of Tokyo, at 28th). Japan’s high ranking can be attributed to the research groups of Shizuo Akira at Osaka University and of Shimon Sakaguchi at Kyoto University. Of the 61 highly cited papers in immunology from Osaka University over the period 2000-2010, 56 are by Akira, and of the 27 highly cited papers in immunology from Kyoto University during the same period, 10 are by Sakaguchi. Highly cited papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication. Akira’s area of specialization is innate immunity and Sakaguchi’s focus is regulatory T-cells.

See Essential Science IndicatorsSM from Thomson Reuters for more information.

This item also appeared in the Times Higher Education magazine.

 
 

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