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The University of Cambridge is placed as the top European Institution for Psychiatry and Psychology research

Cambridge University ranks as the top Institution in Europe for psychiatry and psychology research as reported in the Times Higher Education on the 24th June, 2010. In total 37,500 Institutions were investigated for their impact factor (citations per paper) over the last decade of publications in this field. By ranking Institutions based on impact factor rather than by total number of papers published, the Times Higher Education sought to reveal the ‘heavy hitters based on per-paper influence, not mere output or total citations’.

This analysis places Cambridge as the most influential Institute for psychology and psychiatry research in Europe, with an impact factor of 19.95 (publishing 1,045 papers in this field, with  20,852 citations in total). Second in the ranking came Oxford University (18.49 impact), followed by Max Planck Society (17.27), King’s College London (17.26) and University College London (15.68).

The analysis covered the period January 2000 to February 2010 and surveyed journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters with articles assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and the Thomson Reuters journal-to-category field-definition scheme.

Cambridge Neuroscientists Professor Trevor Robbins (pictured left) and Professor Peter Jones (pictured right), Heads of the Department of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry respectively issued a joint statement in response to this finding:

“We are very pleased about this result which confirms our top-rated RAE performance (based on other criteria of assessment) and our international profile. The Depts. of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry also have a number of strong inter-departmental collaborations, most notably the MRC and Wellcome Trust co-funded Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. We hope that these collaborations will help to fulfill some of the vision of the Cambridge Neuroscience and continue to be translated into health gain".

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Article by Dr. Hannah Critchlow, Cambridge Neuroscience Strategic Manager.

Posted on 05/07/2010

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