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Competition assesses research impact of basketball-playing universities

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Thomson Reuters has launched its second annual Metrics Mania, a competition designed to measure the research impact of American universities participating in the national college basketball championships. The competition runs from 17 March until 8 April.

According to the company, many of the 68 schools in the US national college basketball tournament are high scorers in scientific research. Every week, alongside the start of the basketball tournament, Thomson Reuters Metrics Mania will align the institutions in six rounds of weekly competition to determine the final winner of the Research Crown. Winners will be identified by reports pulled from Thomson Reuters InCites.

'We are pleased to again host Metrics Mania,' said Gordon Macomber, managing director of Scientific and Scholarly Research at Thomson Reuters. 'This is a fun programme for the scholarly community that also highlights the academic research programmes within the competing schools.'