Israel’s Weizmann Institute Ranked top 3rd research body for natural sciences in the world

June 20, 2019 by TPS
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Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science was ranked the top third research body for natural sciences, according to the Nature Index 2019 normalized ranking for research quality.The Nature Index 2019 Annual Tables published on Wednesday highlights the institutions and countries which dominated research in the natural sciences in 2018.

The normalized ranking, in which the Weizmann Institute excelled, takes into account the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output in the natural sciences. The index assesses the contributions of an institution to its scientific articles, compares these to the papers published in high-quality journals and to its total scientific output, a measure which enables small institutes to be ranked alongside large ones.

Due to this comparative ranking system, the normalized ranking enables relatively small research bodies such as the Weizmann Institute to receive a high ranking.

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the US was ranked best in the world, followed by the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

In the standard tables, the Weizmann Institute of Science also ranked in the top 100, and number one in Israel.

Institute President Daniel Zajfman stated “we have known for a long time that size is irrelevant when it comes to excellence in science. For the Weizmann Institute of Science, striving to be the best involves attracting the best scientists and letting them follow their curiosity.”

“Interdisciplinary and collaboration across fields and across countries are simply part of our DNA, and we are proud of that fact. The Nature Index normalized ranking truly showcases the quality of top research, showing you don’t have to be big to be on the cutting edge of global science,” he added.

Earlier this month, the Weizmann Institute ranked among the top 25 research institutes and universities in the world in two main categories by U-Multirank, 2019.

The Institute was named a Global Top 25 performer in two areas: Top Cited Publications and Patents Awarded.


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