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November 21, 2012

Pitt ranks high in research performance

Pitt ranked No. 9 among all U.S. public universities in the overall Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2012 recently released by National Taiwan University (NTU).

Pitt was No. 18 among all U.S. universities public and private and No. 24 among all universities worldwide.

According to NTU, the system employed in the ranking evaluates “the scientific paper performance of the top 500 universities worldwide. Three criteria, represented by eight indicators, were used to assess universities’ overall scientific paper performance: research productivity (accounting for 25 percent of the score), research impact (35 percent), and research excellence (40 percent).”

The quantitative data used in the ranking were drawn from the Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index. “Today,” according to the NTU ranking background statement, “the performance of released publications in international academic journals is the predominant mode of scientific research output. Statistics on the articles published in international academic journals provide an objective representation of each university’s research performance.”

The ranking is posted at

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