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Northwestern Makes Global Mark in High-Impact Research Papers

University places 17th globally in publishing high-quality scientific research

  • Northwestern published 615 high-quality research articles in 2015
  • Papers published in chemistry, life, environmental and physical sciences 

CHICAGO --- Northwestern University is ranked No. 17 in the world for publication of high-impact research, according to the new Nature Index 2016 Tables.

The Nature Index is built on a country or institution’s contributions to about 60,000 high-quality papers and counts both the total number of papers and the relative contribution to each paper.

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015, Northwestern had 615 articles published in high-quality research publications. They include articles on chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.

The University had a 261.27 weighted fractional count (WFC) of research output during this period. WFC takes into account the relative contribution of each author to an article and applies a weighting to adjust for the over representation of papers from astronomy and astrophysics.

The Nature Index Web site -- -- shows calendar outputs for the last four years, and patterns of collaboration with measures of media impact.

Top articles by Altmetric score include:

The 68 elite science journals covered in the Nature Index were identified through an independent survey of researchers and scientific experts. The high impact publications in chemistry, life science, physical sciences and earth and environmental sciences include Science and Nature. 

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