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University of Porto placed at the top of the world in research by the Leiden ranking

University of Porto placed at the top of the world in research by the Leiden ranking
15 Jul 2020

The 2020 edition of the Leiden ranking, associated with a prestigious higher education institution in the Netherlands, placed the University of Porto among the top 100 in the world, in the areas of Health and Biomedical and Life Sciences and Biology.

The University of Porto was again ranked among the best in the world, with regard to scientific production, by the CWTS Leiden Ranking, one of the most important international rankings in higher education. It ranks 153rd worldwide and 38th at the European level, in a list that ranks around 1,000 institutions worldwide.

In the areas of Health and Biomedical, U.Porto is highlighted as the best Portuguese university, in 149th place.

In an analysis carried out by themes, U.Porto News also states that the institution appears, globally, in the 78th position with regard to the areas of Physics and Engineering, in the 284th place in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities and in the 317th position in the areas of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Conducted by the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), of the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands, the ranking analyzes the performance, quality and impact of scientific publications, based on scientific data from the Thomson Reuters Web of Science (WoS). 

Focused on data for the 2015-2018 quadrennium, this year's edition included an analysis of more than 1,100 universities from 65 countries and focused on publications in the form of articles and reviews (evaluations). From this study, books, publications in conference proceedings and publications in journals not indexed in the WoS database were excluded.

Among the indicators under analysis are the scientific impact, understood as the published articles; collaborations, that is, articles in partnership; open access (proportion of open access articles); and gender, that is, the proportion of authors.

Also, this year's edition of the Shanghai ranking had already ranked the University of Porto as the fifth-best in the world in the area of ​​Food Science and Technology.