UofT among the world's best universities for cited research papers

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto is among the world's
best universities for citations for its research, says ScienceWatch.com, an
organization that tracks and analyses basic research impact at institutions
around the world.
    UofT finished 13th overall for papers cited from January 1, 1999 to April
30, 2009. Placing first was Harvard University, followed by Max Planck Society
and Johns Hopkins University. Notable institutions ranking below UofT included
Oxford, MIT, Yale and Cambridge.
    This finding comes a week after UofT finished 11th in rankings compiled
by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan
(HEEACT), which measures the productivity, impact and excellence of published
scientific papers.
    "Coming on the heels of UofT's ranking in HEEACT, this finding by
ScienceWatch also confirms that our researchers have a huge impact and compete
with the best in the world," says Professor Paul Young, Vice President
Research for the University of Toronto. "Based purely on the number of
citations for papers published, it's a further quantitative affirmation of our
world-class research performance."
    ScienceWatch.com compiles information from research papers published in
Thomson Reuters-indexed journals. The data covers 22 fields of study,
including chemistry, engineering, economics and business, space science and
mathematics. The organization monitors 4,050 of the world's most cited
    In its rankings, ScienceWatch.com found that UofT had a total of 55,163
papers cited a total of 861,243 times - an average of 15.61 citations per
paper - over the last 10 years. It specifically mentions UofT scientists
Frances Shepherd, Charles Boone and Geoffrey Ozin as researchers with highly
cited papers and features them on its site.
    Dr. Shepherd is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of
clinical trials for lung cancer. Professor Ozin's award-winning work in
inorganic materials chemistry has been recognized around the world and he
holds the Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry. Dr. Boone heads up a
laboratory that is focussed on developing and applying functional genomics
techniques to a number of biological problems.
    For complete results of the rankings, visit: http://sciencewatch.com.

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For further information: Laurie Stephens, University of Toronto, (416)
978-2105 or (416) 978-0100

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