31 Taiwan universities among world's top 1% by paper citations
Central News Agency
2009-05-02 03:39 PM
Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Seven more universities in Taiwan have entered the list of the world's top 1 percent of research institutions based on their citation counts, bringing to 31 the total number of Taiwan universities included, according to a report released Friday by a local academic evaluation institution.

The latest report by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan is based on total citation count statistics from the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database for the 11-year period from Jan. 1, 1998 to Dec. 31, 2008.

The ESI is a compilation of science performance statistics and science trends data based on journal article publication counts and citation data. It covers 22 fields of research, including agricultural sciences, biology and biochemistry, clinical medicine, economics and business, engineering, pharmacology, and plant and animal science.

Compared with the previous report released a year ago when 24 universities in Taiwan were included in the ESI list based on statistics compiled as of Dec. 31, 2007, the number of 31 represents an increase of 29.17 percent, the report said.

Among these 31, National Taiwan University (NTU) performed the best both in terms of the number of research papers published and total count of citations.

During the 11-year period, there were 28,384 research papers published by NTU in the ESI database, ranking 65th worldwide. The total citation count was 208,246, the 203rd highest in the world.

The second best performer was National Cheng Kung University, which ranked 195th with 16,237 papers and 406th with 96,845 citations.

Coming in third was National Tsing Hua University, which ranked 311th with 10,963 papers and 517th with 70,188 citations.

Others on the list included National Yang Ming University, National Chiao Tung University, National Central University, Chang Gung University, National Sun Yat-sen University, National Chung Hsing University, Kaohsiung Medical University, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei Medical University and China Medical University.

Also covered were National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Chung Cheng University, Chung Shan Medical University, National Taiwan Ocean University, National Taiwan Normal University, Chung Yuan Christian University, Tamkang University, Feng Chia University, Yuan Ze University, I-Shou University, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology.

The seven new entrants were Fu Jen Catholic University, Tatung University, National Taipei University of Technology, Tzu Chi University, National United University, National Chi Nan University, and Chaoyang University of Technology.

(By Y.F. Low)

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