Impact of Wageningen research is above average
Wageningen publications are more often cited than the world average,
according to an overview published by the European Union.
The European Union study compared the research performance of all important
European universities. The number of publications per university were
counted, as well as the number of times the publications were cited in
scientific journals. Wageningen publications are cited 17 percent more
often than the world average for the subject areas in which Wageningen is
The study is based on natural science journals from the period 1996 to
1999. Social sciences, such as sociology and economics, were not included
in the study. In addition to the total number of published articles, the
researchers also counted the number of times that articles from a
university were cited in important scientific journals.
The three universities with the biggest influence, according to the
European Union, are in Great Britain. The University of London has by far
the highest score for citations in scientific journals, clocking up a
massive 550,000. This is followed by Cambridge (192,000) and Oxford
(190,000). In comparison, Wageningen UR scientists are cited 40,000 times
Dutch universities are certainly not the worst in Europe. Strangely enough,
while Wageningen researchers are cited 17 percent more often than the world
average, they are not exceptional within Holland. The researchers at the
Technical University of Eindhoven for example are cited 40 percent more
often than the world average, coming in third place after the Universities
of Oxford and Cambridge.