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UPF, the only University in the State included in the Nature Index 2017 Innovation ranking

UPF, the only University in the State included in the Nature Index 2017 Innovation ranking

The classification, published by Nature, puts UPF in 67th place in Europe and 178th in the world. It measures the influence of an institution’s research on the patents developed by third parties.

05.12.2017

Pompeu Fabra University is the only University in the Spanish State to appear in the Nature Index 2017 Innovation ranking, a rating that measures the influence of an institution’s research on patents developed by third parties. Specifically, the ranking counts the citations of an institution’s articles that appear in patents developed by other institutions.

Under this parameter (Normalized Lens Influence Metric), UPF comes in 67th place in Europe and 178th in the world, out of the 200 centres included. The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the other institution in the State listed in addition to UPF, comes 176th. The ranking is mainly composed of North American universities, headed by the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), the Rockefeller University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In addition to this parameter, the ranking includes two indicators that refer to articles from the period 2012-2016: the Article Count (AC), the count of articles published in Nature Index in which there is at least one researcher from the institution; and the Weighted Fractional Count (WFC) for the same item. The list is completed with an institution’s articles on natural science included in InCites (a tool that is part of the Web of Science, which shows scientific production based on quotations) and the percentage of all articles about natural science by the institution that appear in Nature Index.

Among them all, UPF stands out in this last indicator, with 11.8% of the articles published by researchers at the University in the field of the natural sciences included in Nature Index. As for the rest, it has 333 articles in the AC, 73.9 in the WFC and a total of 2,834 natural science articles included in InCites.

The Nature Index bibliometric ranking, which began to be published in 2013, is a database of information about author affiliation gathered from research articles published in a selection of 68 high quality scientific journals from the fields of chemistry, earth sciences and the environment, life sciences and physical sciences. Although these journals represent less than 1% of the publications indexed in the Web of Science database (Thomson Reuters), they accumulate 30% of overall citations in the field of the natural sciences.