Israel’s Weizmann is ranked eighth in the world for scientific performance

Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has maintained its reputation as one of the world’s leading research institutions, with a recent ranking placing it No. 8 globally for scientific performance.

The Rehovot-based institute was ranked in the annual proportional ranking published by the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. This ranking, also known as the Leiden Ranking, sees Weizmann alongside Harvard, MIT, Caltech, Stanford, Princeton, and other great luminaries. Of all the institutions in the top 10, it is one of only two not to be found in the United States, the other being the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland which ranks ninth.

The classification is not subjective and is based on the number of publications and citations to indicate the quality of the research, as well as the size of the institution.

Overall, 19% of Weizmann’s articles ranked in the top 10% for scientific impact, as were more than 20% of articles written by Weizmann biomedical and health science researchers. A total of 2.5% of Weizmann’s papers were in the top percentile for scientific impact, and 65% were in the top half of those with the greatest impact of all.

The survey covered a period between 2016 and 2019. In that time, Weizmann’s articles garnered 86,273 citations.

The Weizmann Institute of Sciences in Rehovot. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

These rankings reflect an increase in the quality of the institute, compared to when it was ranked 17th more than a decade ago.

Weizmann was also recognized by U-Multi-rank 2021, an initiative of the European Commission. This made Weizmann ranked among the top 25 institutes in the world in terms of granted patents and most cited publications.

These rankings and other achievements will be presented at the 73rd annual general meeting of the institute’s international board.

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