Universitat de València’s impact on the most important international scientific journals has significantly increased over the last year. That is what the ‘Rankings I-UGR de las Universidades Españolas según Campos y Disciplinas Científica 3ª ed. 2012’, carried out by two research groups from the Granada and Navarra universities, states. Universitat de València excels in 14 out of the 35 scientific disciplines analyzed, beating by far the rest of Valencian universities.
This analysis studies 12 scientific fields and 35 disciplines. Regarding these disciplines, Universitat de València obtained the top position in ‘Education’ and ‘Food science and technologies’ in Spain. It got the second position in ‘Psychology’ and ‘Chemistry’, and it is the third Spanish university excelling in ‘Genetics and Evolutionary biology’, ‘Estatistical studies’ and ‘Pharmacy and Toxicology’. Universitat de València also manages to position itself within the top five positions in 17 scientific disciplines out of the 37 analyzed.
Regarding the scientific fields, UV is the second on the list in ‘Physics’, ‘Chemistry and Chemical Engineering’ and ‘Psychology and Education’. Moreover, it is one of the top five universities in the fields of ‘Medicine and Pharmacy’, ‘Biology Sciences’ and ‘Engineering’.
An analysis on the position of the universities from 2007 to 2011 shows a university system quite similar to the one in 2010 and 2011. These two years showed 8 universities leading the ranking (92% of the third first positions in the area of scientific fields and 61% of the third first positions in the area of disciplines). Then, we can keep on talking about three scientific central themes clearly consolidated (Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad de Madrid and Universitat de València) and two momentary leading positions, those of Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and Universidad de Granada.
Despite the economical recession and the budgetary cuts in the R&D system they are suffering, the Spanish universities have managed to publish, in 2011, 9% more in the scientific journals of Thomson Reuters index – from 34,754 to 38,051 –. This is even more positive if we compare it to year 2010, when there was only an increase of 7%. This increase, nevertheless, has not reduced quality and impact of papers, since if we take into account the papers indexed in Q1 (25% of the best scientific journals in the world in each area) we keep on within percentages of 50% both for 2010 and 2011.
This ranking is available on: http://sci2s.ugr.es/rankinguniversidades/downloads/Rankings_I-UGR_Posiciones_2012.pdf
Excel sheet with the outstanding position of Universitat de València with regard to the rest of Valencian universities, clicking here.
Last update: 14 de june de 2012 10:49.News release