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Michigan State Named One of the Fastest Rising Research Universities in the U.S.

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Michigan State recently ranked 5th among all U.S. universities, as tracked by rise in the Nature Index over three years.

The Nature Index tracks contribution to primary articles in some of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world. It is compiled by Nature Research and provides a close to real-time proxy for high-quality research output and collaboration at the institutional, regional, and national level.

MSU’s had absolute share growth of 21.8 from 2015 to 2018 in the number of articles published in the natural sciences, which specifically include earth and environmental science, life sciences, and the physical sciences as represented in the Nature Index.

“Our faculty and students continue to conduct ground-breaking research worthy of publication in the world’s top journals,” stated Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for Research and Innovation. “This recognition reflects the hard work and tremendous increase in scholarly productivity by our researchers.”

Chart comparing top 5 rising universities in Nature IndexThe other top five schools are Princeton, Northwestern, University of California-Irvine, and Washington University-St. Louis placing, one through four respectively in Nature Index share changes. Among these schools, MSU had the highest overall percentage increase at 32%.

Share” represents the number of articles in the natural sciences published by each university’s faculty, with proportional credit given for coauthored publications.

More on the index:

The Nature Index is a global database of journal articles published in an independently selected group of 82 high-quality science journals, as selected by an international panel of active scientists. The distinction of these journals is evidenced by the fact that they represent less than 4-5% of all journals covering the natural sciences, but account for close to 30% of total citations to natural science journals.

Source announcement from Nature Index.

-Melanie Kauffman, MSU Research Communications






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