Thomson Reuters releases results of five-year Academic Reputation Survey

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The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of its 2015 Academic Reputation Survey and new report, Exploring Scholarly Trends and Shifts Impacting the Academic Reputation of the World’s Leading Universities.

The analysis of survey results over a five-year period (2010 to 2014) identifies the key trends and shifts across the global research landscape that influence an institution’s academic standing.
The report is fuelled by the unique and comprehensive results of Thomson Reuters Academic Reputation Surveys, including the insights of 65,000 academics and is representative of 6,500 universities and 105 areas of study.
The study also explores sharp regional differences and global perceptions that do not always align with an institution’s research output or strengths. For example, while responses differ within specific disciplines, participants have generally tended to identify a small number of well-recognised universities as the leaders across six major subject areas, including arts and humanities, medicine and health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering and technology and social sciences.

While the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was not regarded as highly in medicine and health, as it was within other major disciplines, this area of study was still listed within its subject mix despite the institution not having a school of medicine. This is reflective of the interdisciplinary nature of science.

The study’s key findings include:

  • Harvard University is the overall global leader-of-the-pack over the five-year period;
  • New York University (NYU) and King’s College London experienced the greatest upswing in academic reputation;
  • Multidisciplinary universities tend to have a stronger general reputation than specialty institutions, but a granular approach to a subject can lead to reputational excellence within that discipline;
  • Regional perspectives often contrast with global perception; and
  • With some exceptions, the volume of a university’s research generally correlates with reputation, including papers co-authored with researchers in other regions.

The Thomson Reuters Academic Reputation Survey – the largest of its kind – is dedicated to gaining an accurate view of the international research sphere by directly engaging with academics and researchers throughout the world to identify the universities they consider to be the strongest in terms of research and teaching, both regionally and globally. The survey is offered in nine languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, English, French, German, Japanese, simplified Chinese and Spanish.
'Now in its sixth year, we are pleased to continue the Academic Reputation Survey and to provide this unique and insightful report on global trends affecting academic reputation,' said Jessica Turner, global head of Thomson Reuters Government and Academia. 'These initiatives are critical in providing the international research community with honest, user-based assessments, while also offering academics and researchers the opportunity to highlight what they see as the strongest universities within their fields.'