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UC San Diego Excels in Nature ‘Total Research Output’ Ranking

The University of California, San Diego has been ranked 6th in the nation – and 2nd among all U.S. public institutions – for total research output.

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The University of California, San Diego has been ranked 6th in the nation – and 2nd among all U.S. public institutions – for total research output.

The new index by the prestigious journal Nature measures research productivity in the world’s top science journals, 68 publications chosen by scientists as “where they would want to publish their most significant research.”

The ranking is based on the number of times an institution’s authors appear in those elite journals, with fractional adjustments for co-authorship. The ranking includes non-academic institutions.

UC San Diego also ranked 6th among institutions in North America, and 13th in the world.

“The new ranking affirms that UC San Diego scholars, scientists, and researchers are among the brightest and most productive in the nation and around the world,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra A. Brown. “Students choosing our campus can expect to work with superlative teachers and collaborators.”

Harvard University tops the Nature ranking, followed by Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Institutes of Health, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego.

The University of Michigan, Yale University, Northwestern University, and the University of Washington complete the top 10 in total research output.


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