News Archive 2014

University College Dublin receives significant increase in Academic Impact

Wednesday, 04 June, 2014 

56% above world average in publication impact

The latest data from Thomson Reuters InCites shows that over the last 10 years, UCD researchers have doubled the annual number of publications produced and increased their publication impact significantly. UCD has come from having publication impact below world average in 2003 to 56% above world average in 2013.

Impact relative to world averages is a key indicator of academic success, and is based on how frequently an institution’s papers are cited relative to other institution’s papers. An impact value greater than 1 indicates a better-than-average impact relative to the world. An impact of 1.56 above world average puts UCD on a similar plane with many leading international research intensive universities.

Speaking about Thomson Reuter’s latest figures, Professor Orla Feely, Vice –President for Research, Innovation and Impact said “The reputation of a University is strongly built upon its academic impact, its people and the quality of the research that they undertake. UCD has demonstrated its excellence as a research intensive University through achieving a 56% above world average in publication impact in 2013. Congratulations to our academics for their achievement in enhancing UCD's research reputation.”

Professor Des Higgins is UCD’s highest cited researcher. He is also the highest cited researcher in Ireland and one of the most cited researchers in world, with over 100,000 citations for his work on DNA sequence comparisons.

UCD Academic Impact relative to the world 1999-2013
Source: Thomson Reuters InCites May 2014