Israeli Weizmann ranks 8th in the world for his scientific performance

Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has maintained its reputation as one of the best research institutions in the world, with a recent ranking placing it 8th in the world for scientific performance.

The Rehovot-based institute has been ranked in the annual proportional ranking published by the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. This ranking, also known as the Leiden Ranking, places Weizmann alongside Harvard, MIT, Caltech, Stanford, Princeton and other top luminaries. Of all the top 10 institutions, it is one of only two not located in the United States, the other being the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland which comes in 9th place.

Ranking is not subjective and is based on the number of publications and citations to indicate the quality of the research, as well as the size of the institution.

Overall, 19% of Weizmann’s papers were ranked in the top 10% in terms of scientific impact, as were more than 20% of papers written by Weizmann’s biomedical and health science researchers. In total, 2.5% of Weizmann’s articles were in the top percentile for scientific impact, and 65% were in the top half of those with the greatest impact of all.

The survey covered a period between 2016 and 2019. During this period, Weizmann’s papers received 86,273 citations.

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

These rankings reflect an improvement in the quality of the institute, compared to its 17th place over ten years ago.

Weizmann has also been recognized by U-Multi-rank 2021, an initiative of the European Commission. This has enabled Weizmann to rank among the top 25 institutes in the world in terms of granted patents and most cited publications.

These rankings and other achievements will be presented at the 73rd annual general meeting of the institute’s international board of directors.

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