The University of Texas at Austin recently announced that the highly distinguished journal Nature has ranked them 26th among the most accomplished and seasoned scientific research institutions in the world in their new Nature Index. This worldwide indicator of quality research notes the origins of published high-quality articles, along with affiliated parties, and is organized according to institution and country. Updated monthly, the Nature Index can be used to cross-examine trends in publication and to gauge ventures in scientific research.
“This ranking reaffirms the world-renowned productivity of our scientific researchers,” said UT Austin President, Bill Powers. “Across the physical and life sciences, UT faculty and scientists are in truly elite company, publishing highly relevant, highly cited research that is changing the world and shaping the careers of thousands of students.”
The Nature Index arrives at these rankings by identifying the world’s top scientific journals and by consulting with a panel of specialists. Scientists are then surveyed with the question, “Where would you want to publish your most groundbreaking research?” The survey produced a narrowed and ranked list of 68 prestigious international journals in the 4 main subject areas. Each research institution’s publications are then monitored for the number of times they are published in each journal, with a special fractional adjustment for co-authorship.
Overall, between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, the US authored 28,069 publications and ranked first in national productivity, with the majority of publications being in the field of Life Sciences (11,332), followed closely by Physical Sciences (10,880), Chemistry (6,588), then Earth & Environmental Sciences (2,427). UT Austin is ranked 15th among all U.S. universities, and 7th among the country’s public universities. Listed institutions are not limited to academic institutions, and are evaluated according to R&D productivity and achievements in internationally recognized scientific journals.
UT Austin’s accomplishments in scientific research in the 4 main subject areas mentioned above are also impressively ranked, garnering Top 50 places in 3 out of 4 subject areas:
- No. 25 in Earth & Environmental Sciences (No. 11 among U.S. universities)
- No. 16 in Chemistry (No. 7 among U.S. universities)
- No. 22 in Physical Sciences (No. 11 among U.S. universities)
China ranks second in national productivity. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, however, was selected as the most productive research institution in the world, followed by Harvard University. UT Austin’s inclusion in the Nature Index marks its fifth international recognition in 2014 alone.