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 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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