The number of researches in the University of Salamanca is shown to be high again. This data is provided by the Knowledge and Development Foundation (CyD), which has published its report today on the contribution of Spanish universities to development.

In the research and transfer section, scientific publications are one of the basic parameters for the measurement of activity. On contrary to annual analysis, in this case the number of publications is grouped in periods of five years to get a more general outlook.

According to the CyD Foundation, researchers at the University of Salamanca published 6,344 scientific articles in the period 2011-2015, compared to 5,933 in the five-year period 2010-2014. This shows an increase of 6.9%, a high figure if compared to the performance of other universities that are similar to USAL in size and characteristics.

Other data that accompany the analysis also indicate that: In the same periods of time, the percentage of USAL’s leading publications of excellence has raised from 5’37% to 6’26%. This indicator is very important, since it takes into account the articles that are among the 10% of the most cited worldwide in their area and the institution to which the first author belongs.

The study conducted by the CyD Foundation also includes an analysis of other parameters to gauge the quality of publications, the percentage of these appears in first quartile (Q1) journals, which in the case of the University of Salamanca is 50.59%, in comparison to 50.56% of the previous five-year term. However, not all Spanish universities experienced this increase, from the general context we can see a decrease in this indicator. This places Salamanca above the national average, which stands at 48’69%.

There is also an increase in the standard impact of publications, which refers to the primary works published in the annals of the main scientific conferences, which in the case of USAL have an index of 1’11, also higher than that obtained in the previous period (1’07) and higher than the world average (1).

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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