Purdue one of top 50 institutions worldwide most published in Nature journals

March 28, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is one of the top 50 institutions worldwide with the most articles published in the prestigious Nature research journals.

Purdue is ranked 47th on the Nature Publishing Index Global Top 50, based on the number of research articles in Nature or the Nature research journals in 2010. U.S. institutions occupied 33 of the top 50 positions with Harvard University topping the list. The index is available at http://www.natureasia.com/en/publishing-index/global/

Richard Buckius, Purdue's vice president for research, said the Nature research journals are among the most cited journals in the world, meaning more researchers read, use and reference material from papers published in these journals than any other.

"The Nature research journals publish top-tier papers with the highest scientific impact," Buckius said. "Purdue's ranking as one of the most published institutions in the world for these journals is a testament to the high-quality research performed by our faculty."

The Nature journals primarily cover basic research in the life sciences, physical and chemical sciences. The Nature Publishing Group stated in a press release that the journals' coverage of applied sciences, engineering and clinical medicine is relatively limited and the index should be used primarily as an indicator of strength in high-quality fundamental research.

The index is a collaboration between Nature Publishing group and Digital Sciences, a sister division of the Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

More information is available at http://www.nature.com/press_releases/npgpubindexus.html 

Writer:  Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu 

Source:  Richard Buckius, 765-494-6209, rbuckius@purdue.edu