ESI: 9 ECNU disciplines enter world’s top 1%


ECNU had nine disciplines included into the top one percent of world universities and institutions based on the predominate field of their citations and references, according to the latest update of the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) from Thomson Reuters unveiled in September.

Nine disciplines of ECNU are included into ESI's  world top 1%.

According to the ranking of the nine, the university's chemistry discipline was most cited, followed by physics, materials science, environment/ecology, mathematics, geosciences, plant & animal science, engineering and clinical medicine.

Geosciences was named for the first time. In the discipline, 509 articles were carried by publications with 4,784 citations, or 9.4 citations per article. Of them, four were highly cited papers.

Essential Science Indicators is updated every two months and ranks top countries, journals, scientists, papers, and institutions in 22 broad disciplines. Its latest data series cover 10 years from January 1, 2006 to June 30 this year.  

During the period, ECNU contributed 12,154 papers, which recorded 117,703 citations, or 9.68 per paper. The number of highly cited papers hit 129.

Initiated by Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 2001, ESI is highly recognized evaluation tool for science research performance for institutions worldwide.

This unique and comprehensive compilation of science performance statistics and science trends data is based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Thomson Scientific databases.

In a recent 10-year period Thomson Reuters has recorded more than 10 million articles, notes, and reviews published in roughly 11,000-plus indexed journals.

With all the resources they need in one place, Essential Science Indicators can determine the influential individuals, institutions, papers, publications, and countries in their field of study as well as emerging research areas that could impact their work.

ESI has gained increasing attention of Chinese universities since China rolled out an outline plan for pushing forward construction of world-class Chinese universities and disciplines last year, and more of them have determined a goal of landing at top of the ESI ranking.


East China Normal University