The Salk Institute garnered the top discovery spot in the latest international ranking in the category "Neuroscience and Behavior" by Science Watch, a scientific organization that measures the citation impact of research published worldwide. Citations are an important measure of the value and influence of scientists' work and reflect the impact made by that work on scientific understanding.
"The importance of this ranking is conferred by the judgment of peers in the same field who mark the research of Salk scientists as points of departure for their own work," says Salk President William R. Brody. "Paper for paper they wield tremendous influence and set the direction for the future."
Naturally, big institutions publishing large numbers of papers have a greater likelihood of collecting more citations than smaller institutions Salk Ranks Top for "Highest Impact" Research in Neuroscience and Behavior publishing fewer papers. In order to reveal the "heavy hitters" based on per paper influence, not mere overall output, all rankings are based on citation per paper.
Science Watch, produced by Thomson Reuters in Philadelphia, openly publishes institutional impact scores for different areas of science only intermittently, but in the company's online evaluation system Essential Science Indicators and related databases, the Salk Institute consistently emerges in top spots. Last year, for example, it ranked second worldwide in the "Molecular Biology and Genetics" category.
"The consistency of our high rankings at the Salk Institute reaffirms our belief in the power of curiosity, creativity and problem-driven science," says Brody. "The international impact of our faculty's work reveals the extraordinary quality of Salk science."