Wake Forest Faculty Research Is Highly Cited

December 9, 1999

Wake Forest University was ninth-most cited university in the world in cardiovascular research that appeared in so-called "high impact" publications, according to the Institute for Scientific Information. The survey covered the years from 1993-1998.

The count of citations is based on the number of times researchers from institutions throughout the world list research papers by Wake Forest faculty in the bibliography or reference sections of their own papers, and indicates that the cited research is being used as a foundation for new research.

The "high impact" journals are those seen by a cross section of researchers and clinicians, as well as by the media, such as Circulation, a publication of the American Heart Association, Circulation Research, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, Science, American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of the American Medical Association and several others

The ranking placed Wake Forest ahead of such institutions as Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, McGill and Emory as well as the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Duke University.

When citations from all publications are included, Wake Forest ranked 21st in the world.

The rankings indicate the importance of Wake Forest researchers in the cardiovascular field worldwide.

The Institute, in its publication called ScienceWatch, also ranked authors of high impact papers in cardiovascular research from 1993-97. Curt D. Furberg, M.D. professor and former chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, was ranked 8th in the world, with nine "high impact" papers.

For more details, see the Institute for Scientific Information website at http://www.isinet.com and look for the ScienceWatch section.

The Institute for Scientific Information is a database publishing company that has, for forty years, maintained the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary, bibliographic database of research information in the world.

The institute database covers more than 16,000 international journals, books, and proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, indexing complete bibliographic data, cited references, and author abstracts for every journal item it includes.


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