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UK Institutions placed as top in Europe for Neuroscience and Behaviour Research

20 Jan 2011 - The UK is the heavy hitter in Europe for Neuroscience and Behaviour research during the last decade, as reported in the Times Higher Education on the 20th January, 2011.

In total 46,900 Institutions across Europe were investigated for their impact factor (citations per paper) over the last decade of publications in this field. By ranking Institutions based on impact factor rather than by total number of papers published, the Times Higher Education sought to reveal the

‘heavy hitters based on per-paper influence, not mere output or total citations’.

Overall, the UK is the most strongly represented country, with seven Institutions among the top 20 in Europe and three UK Institutes listed in the top five in Europe for this research field.

This analysis places the University of Cambridge as the most influential Institute for Neuroscience and Behaviour research in Europe, with an impact factor of 33.62 (publishing 2,237 papers in this field, with 75,201 citations in total).

Second in the ranking came University College London (32.07 impact factor) followed by the Max Planck Society, Germany, (31.65 impact factor), University of Oxford (29.88 impact factor) and Pitié-Salpetrière Hospital, Paris (26.69 impact factor) all in the top five.

Kings College London, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and the University of Bristol were additional UK top scorers - also in the top 20 European Institutes for this field.

The analysis covered the period 1st January 2000 to 31st August 2010 and surveyed journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters with articles assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and the Thomson Reuters journal-to-category field-definition scheme.

Professor Trevor Robbins, current President of the BNA, issued a joint statement with Professor David Nutt (President Elect) regarding this result:

"This is a remarkable tribute to the quality of neuroscience research carried out in the UK over the last ten years. However, to stay in the #1 position this decade will require supreme collaboration between all members of the research community, the Universities, Industry and the Funding Agencies".

An additional message from the President and President Elect of the BNA following this news was:

"So come and celebrate UK neuroscience in Harrogate!"

For further information regarding the THE result please click here.

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