This month, ScienceWatch.com highlights Ohio
State University's citation achievements with a look at
the university's 20 most-cited papers and its
statistics across the 22 fields of the
IndicatorsSM database from
Of the fields in which OSU ranks in the top 1%, it
ranks among the top 100 institutions in nine fields
(Clinical Medicine, Biology & Biochemistry,
Engineering, Environment & Ecology, Microbiology,
Immunology, Materials Science, Pharmacology &
Toxicology, and Computer Science), the top 50 in seven
fields (Physics, Space Science, Plant & Animal
Science, Psychiatry & Psychology, Agricultural
Sciences, Economics & Business, and Mathematics),
and the top 20 in one field (Social Sciences). It also
ranks at #45 by total citations over all fields.
The lion's share of citations for OSU comes from
Clinical Medicine, a field in which the university
has 7,329 papers with a total of 136,975 citations.
OSU's most-cited paper is also from this field.
ScienceWatch.com recently interviewed one of OSU's
heavy-hitters in the discipline, cancer geneticist
Carlo Croce, who is also highly cited in the
field of Molecular Biology & Genetics.
Physics is another strong suit for OSU, with 3,088
papers cited a total of 59,413 times. OSU authors
have contributed to the multi-author, multinational
highly cited reviews of particle physics papers,
four of which are among the institution's
OSU ranks in the top 100 in the field of Biology
& Biochemistry, with 2,091 papers cited a total
of 34,390 times. Moreover,
Dr. Thomas Schmittgen of the OSU College of
Pharmacy is a coauthor of the top-ranked Highly
Cited Paper in this field.
Space Science is the fourth-highest
citation-scoring field for OSU, with 1,142 papers
cited 34,299 times. OSU researchers are key members
of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey team, as shown by
the fact that four of the six Space Science papers
appearing on the top 20 papers for OSU deal with
the SDSS. ScienceWatch.com talked with
James Bullock, the lead
author of another of these papers, "Profiles of
dark haloes: Evolution, scatter, and
environment" (Bullock JS, et al., Mon.
Notic. Roy. Astron. Soc. 321: 559-75,
March 2001), when he was a postdoc at OSU.
OSU also ranks in the top 50 among institutions in
the fields of Plant & Animal Science (#23) and
Psychiatry & Psychology (#32). In fact, in
Psychiatry & Psychology, several of OSU's
papers rank among the top 100 Highly Cited Papers,
including the paper at #20 on OSU's list of
most-cited papers, "Evaluating the use of
exploratory factor analysis in psychological
research" (Fabrigar LR, et al., Psychol.
Methods 4: 272-99, September 1999). Another
paper in the top 100 Highly Cited Papers in this
area is "Implicit measures in social cognition
research: Their meaning and use," (Fazio RH, Olsen
MA, Annu. Rev. Psychol. 54: 297-327,
Russell Fazio and Michael
Olsen talked with ScienceWatch.com
about this paper and its impact on the field.
OSU ranks at #18 among all institutions in the
field of Social Sciences. When
ScienceWatch.com featured the top
20 institutions in this field last year, OSU
ranked at #19, with 2,419 papers cited a total of
15,269 times. Currently, the institution's record
in this field includes 2,629 papers cited a total
of 18,744 times. Twelve of the top 20 papers for
OSU in this field are all by authors exclusively
from OSU alone.
View the complete list of OSU's
20 most-cited papers.
View the complete list of
field rankings for OSU..