BIST ranks 23rd in Europe and 104th in the world on Nature Index

By July 16, 2019January 7th, 2021BIST

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) has ranked 23rd in Europe and 104th in the world on the Nature Index 2019 tables.

The Nature Index publishes annual tables based on the high-quality research outputs during the previous calendar year. They represent the top institutions in the world, in Europe, and in other regions of interest. With a 2.3% increase in research outputs from 2017, BIST occupies high positions on the index in the current edition of the annual tables, based on a fractional count of articles: 23rd in Europe and 104th in the world.

In addition to the Nature Index rankings, BIST also collects information about publications in other journals. According to a bibliometric report published at the end of 2018, the BIST centres (CRG, IBEC, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, and IRB Barcelona) published a total of 1,393 articles in 2018, compared to 1,175 in 2017 and 824 in 2016, representing an increase of 19% and 43%, respectively.

In terms of signatures on publications, BIST researchers occupy outstanding positions (first author and/or corresponding author) in 1,800 of the 3,478 documents (51.8%) published since October 2015, when the BIST centres first started signing all scientific publications jointly.

The impact of BIST publications has been calculated directly (citations obtained) and indirectly (position of journals in their respective categories). In the Scopus database, BIST publications have accumulated 35,060 citations in 39 months, with an average of 10.17 citations per publication. This is a 70% increase from 2017.

As for indirect impact, the latest editions of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR 2017) and the Scimago Journal Rank (SJR 2017) have been used as sources of information to calculate the position of the papers published by the BIST centres. The majority of BIST publications can be found in journals of the first quartile (Q1) in both databases: 2,706 publications in Q1 journals, JCR 2017 (77.8 % of the total), and 3,052 publications in Q1 journals, SJR 2017 (87.8 % of the total).

The full BIST bibliometric report as of the end of 2018 can be viewed here.