The University of Salamanca improves the quality and the quantity of its scientific publications

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).

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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