ScienceWatch Ranks ISU #1 High-Impact Research Institution for Second Year in a Row


Dr. Qijing Zhang, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-2038,
Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602,

February 3, 2011

Once again, the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine ranked first in number of citations per published research paper between 2005 and 2009. This is the second year in a row the college has finished first in this ranking.
“ISU has been a world leader in veterinary medicine, education and research,” said Qijing Zhang, interim associate dean for research and graduate studies at ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “This top ranking truly reflects the research excellence of the college and is the result of the outstanding work conducted by our faculty, staff and students. The ranking also shows our commitment to achieving the highest impact in our efforts to improve animal and public health.”

ISU veterinary researchers made the most of their 341 qualifying papers during the ranking period with each paper being referenced an average of 3.66 times in other scientific and research publications. Last year for the 2004-2008 reporting period, college researchers were cited 3.30 times with 320 qualifying papers.

The ranking is determined by the average number of times each other authors cited paper produced by the institution. The ranking was published in the Jan. 30, 2011 issue of Sci-Bytes—What’s New in Research, a weekly summary of research news published by Thomson Scientific’s ScienceWatch.

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