Essential Science Indicators – Finding Highly Cited Institutions

Essential Science Indicators – Finding Highly Cited Institutions


ESI allows you to examine an institution’s citation performance across 22 broad research fields. For example, you can see which research fields an organization is Highly Cited in, and where it ranks in publication output and citation impact relative to other institutions. To see which Research Fields an institution is ranked in, begin from the ESI home page. Research Fields is the default setting for the results list– be sure to leave this selected. In the table, we’re seeing a list of all 22 research fields in ESI. In order to see which fields a particular institution is ranked in, you will need to add a filter. Go to Add Filter, select Institution, and begin typing the name of your organization. When you select the name of the institution you’re interested in viewing, the data in the table updates to reflect your selection. This shows me that Cold Spring Harbor Lab is a Highly Cited institution in 5 ESI research fields. From here, you can drill down to the list of top papers authored by Cold Spring Harbor authors in Molecular Biology & Genetics by clicking the Top Papers bar. Now that we know which Research Fields Cold Spring Harbor is ranked in, we can use this information to determine how it compares to other institutions ranked in these fields. Let’s use the Molecular Biology & Genetics field as an example. I need to clear my filters to start over. In this case, what I’m looking for is a list of institutions, so I’ll change the setting of the results list to reflect this. I’ll apply the Research Field filter for Molecular Biology & Genetics. At this point, I’m now seeing a list of all highly cited institutions in Molecular Biology & Genetics, ranked by total number of citations by default. If I want to rank these organizations by some other criterion, such as top papers, I can do so by clicking the column headers. To find Cold Spring Harbor Lab on this list, hover over the Institutions header and click the arrow– this will open a menu where you can choose to apply a filter. Typing the name of your organization will limit the display. Here I can see Cold Spring Harbor Lab’s rank in Molecular Biology & Genetics by number of top papers produced. To see its rank by a different criterion, simply select the one that interests you in the table headers. Note that the rank of my institution has changed– Cold Spring Harbor Lab is ranked lower by total output in Molecular Biology & Genetics. This tells me that although Cold Spring Harbor Lab does not have a particularly high total output of papers in Molecular Biology & Genetics relative to other Highly Cited institutions, many of the papers it does produce in that area have accumulated a high number of citations.