University research making its mark in Canada and around the globe

By Krista Baliko Posted: July 13, 2017 6:00 a.m.

University of Regina ranks high for scholarly citations in Canada and around the world.
University of Regina ranks high for scholarly citations in Canada and around the world. Photo - U of R Photography

According to an international report, the University of Regina ranks within the top one per cent in the world for academic citations in five out of 22 research fields.  

The 2017 Essential Science Indicators report, from Thomson Reuters’s InCites analytics tool, tracks highly cited academic papers all over the world. The statistics are gathered from the previous ten years of data.

The University of Regina ranked within the top one per cent in the following research fields, as set by Thomson Reuters: physics, environment/ecology, engineering, psychiatry/psychology, and social sciences.  

Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina, says these rankings prove that the high level of research being conducted at the University of Regina has an impact around the world.  

“These rankings help our institution to continually attract graduate students and faculty members from across the country and around the globe,” says Malloy. “These scholars then join and strengthen the University’s rich research enterprise.”

A different scholarly measurement tells a similar story.

The Average Relative Citation Factor (ARC), an international standardized measure of citations that quantifies how often scholarly works are used, shows that papers written by University of Regina scholars are increasingly being cited by others all over the world.

The L'Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST) is a Canadian organization that measures science, technology and innovation. According to the OST, “[The ARC] indicator is based on the number of citations received by an individual paper for a 3-year period following the year of publication….An ARC value greater than 1 means that the paper or the group of papers received more citations than the world average.”

ARC data shows that the University of Regina’s ARC value has steadily improved over the last decade, from under 1 in 2008 to almost 1.6 in 2017. This current rating places the University in a noticeably higher position than many larger comprehensive universities across the country.

“This is great information for international students and faculty who look at the top ranked research universities,” says Malloy. “This makes the University of Regina at attractive choice and also enhances our reputation among our research partners.”

Citation Graph
The University of Regina’s Average Relative Citations (ARC) rating is higher than the average
amongst Canada’s comprehensive universities. 

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