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University of Barcelona ranks among the top 100 worldwide universities in scientific papers performance, according to NTU Ranking

14 October 2013 Universidad de Barcelona

University of Barcelona is the only Spanish university included among the best 100 worldwide universities, according to the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2013, which evaluates and ranks productivity and the impact of publications of top 500 worldwide universities for the period 2002-2012. UB has advanced to position 89 as it was listed as 115th in the previous edition of the ranking.

The new NTU Ranking is headed by Harvard University (Unites States), Johns Hopkins University (United States), Stanford University (United States), the University of Washington-Seattle (United States) and the University of California-Los Angeles (United States). The European institution first listed on the ranking is the University of Oxford, located at position 9.  

The ranking, published by the National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU Ranking), analyses eight bibliometric indicators —based on the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) of the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) and the Web of Science (WOS)— which evaluate research productivity, impact and excellence.  

In 2013 edition, UB advances positions in five out of six fields analysed by the ranking: Agriculture, Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Computing and Technology, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences. To be exact, UB is on Top 100 in Agriculture, Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences, and it is the top Spanish university in Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences.

In the classification by subject, UB also advances positions in Agriculture, Plant and Animal Science, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Chemistry and Mathematics. The subjects in which UB is leader in Spain are Agriculture, Materials Sciences, Pharmacology and Toxicology and Chemistry.

It is important to remember that UB is the only Spanish university on world's Top 100 —it is listed as 90th— in the subject Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health on the latest edition of the ranking developed by the English journal The Times Higher Education (THE).

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