Elsevier Releases Results of Alternative Energy Research Leadership Study Identifying Top 25 Institutions Worldwide

Over 1000 Members of the Research Community View Webcast to Learn About Findings and New Performance Measurement Method

Amsterdam, 25 June 2009 – Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced results of its SciVal Spotlight Alternative Energy Research Leadership study. Analyzing the work of 3,000 research institutions from across the globe, the study identifies the top 25, using a new method for determining leadership.

Highlights of the findings were shared in a recent webcast, “Research Leadership Redefined… Measuring Performance in a Multidisciplinary Landscape.” Over 1000 academic and government executives, researchers and librarians joined live or viewed the recorded version to learn more about the methodology behind the study which illustrates a new way to identify research leaders based on output in “distinctive competencies”.

Distinctive competencies (DCs) represent expertise in specific research areas. They reveal the degree to which institutions have constructed multidisciplinary networks within their organization focused on achieving specific breakthroughs. Indicating that research within the university is not being done in isolated silos, examining output in distinctive competencies offers a more accurate way of determining leadership in a given area than traditional measurement methods.

Following are the top ranked institutions in the study based on the number of alternative energy research papers produced in distinctive competencies (DCs):

Institution

Country

Total Papers in DCs

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

United States

309

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

United States

271

Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy

Germany

240

Forschungszentrum Julich

Germany

234

Pennsylvania State University

United States

168

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

United States

121

University of California at Irvine

United States

101

Osaka University

Japan

97

California Institute of Technology

United States

97

Harvard University

United States

84

Tsinghua University

China

83

Shanghai Jiaotong University

China

81

University of Colorado

United States

80

Imperial College London

Great Britain

79

Tohoku University

Japan

71

Eindhoven University of Technology

Netherlands

69

National Research Council of Canada

Canada

66

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

64

National Cheng Kung University

Taiwan

61

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States

61

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Korea

54

University of Science and Technology of China

China

54

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

53

Los Alamos National Laboratory

United States

52

Kyoto University

Japan

52

“As research becomes more multidisciplinary in nature, it is increasingly difficult to find actionable information with respect to output,” said Jay Katzen, Managing Director Academic & Government Products at Elsevier and one of the webcast presenters. “In today’s uncertain economic times, it is even more critical that academic executives get the right insight to make strategic decisions on everything from funding allocations to hiring.”

“There is a common misperception that the most significant research is being conducted at only a handful of top-ranked universities,” added Dick Klavans, Senior Development Advisor for Elsevier A&G and also a presenter at the webcast. “There is a need to look beyond total paper counts as leaders in specific sub-topics exist within all levels of the university rankings. Examining distinctive competencies shines a light on overlooked output and unrecognized leaders.”

Based on the top 50 institutions globally, the study also analyzes country output in the three main alternative energy sub-topics or topic groups including solar/photovoltaic, fuel cells and environmentally-related areas (such as efficiency, renewable energy, biomass, wind, etc.).

Following is a country-specific breakdown of each topic group by total published papers, total papers in DCs and the percent of papers in DCs. Total papers indicate the breadth of research conducted by an institution whereas the percent of papers in DCs demonstrates the depth of research.

Solar/Photovoltaic Research*

Country

Total Papers

Papers in DCs

% in DCs

United States

893

454

51%

Japan

455

149

33%

Germany

370

335

91%

China

246

58

24%

Taiwan

135

61

46%

Great Britain

117

53

46%

Netherlands

79

44

56%

So. Korea

76

0%

Italy

68

21

31%

Switzerland

53

46

85%

Singapore

38

32

85%

Canada

20

0%

Hong Kong

13

0%

Fuel Cell Research*

Country

Total Papers

Papers in DCs

% in DCs

United States

1006

377

38%

China

574

157

27%

Japan

531

94

18%

So. Korea

296

76

26%

Canada

220

66

30%

Germany

145

110

76%

Great Britain

95

25

27%

Netherlands

88

25

29%

Taiwan

86

0%

Singapore

76

31

41%

Italy

57

0%

Switzerland

49

0%

Hong Kong

18

0%

Environmentally-Related Energy Research*

Country

Total Papers

Papers in DCs

% in DCs

United States

1997

797

40%

China

425

75

18%

Japan

216

0%

So. Korea

164

0%

Canada

130

0%

Hong Kong

94

25

27%

Switzerland

84

0%

Taiwan

72

0%

Netherlands

69

0%

Singapore

45

0%

Italy

44

0%

Great Britain

44

0%

Germany

23

23

100.0%

* Please note that when a country has 0% of its papers in DCs it does not indicate they are not publishing papers in the area but that they are being developed as isolated pieces rather than part of a larger effort.

“Although the United States is the most prolific across all of the topic groups, Germany is a formidable competitor in solar/photovoltaic,” explained Kevin Boyack, Senior Development Advisor for Elsevier A&G, study analyst and webcast presenter. “Not only is Germany not far behind in terms of the number of papers in this topic group, it is ahead of the United States when it comes to the percentage of papers in distinctive competencies. What this indicates is that there is significant depth to the work being conducted in solar/photovoltaic in Germany and that the country has built a meaningful network focused on achieving breakthroughs in this area.”

For more information on the study or a copy of the findings report, which will be available in August, please contact Amanda Sham. To access the recorded version of the “Research Leadership Redefined… Measuring Performance in a Multidisciplinary Landscape” webcast please log on to: www.scival.com/webcast.

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SciVal Spotlight Alternative Energy Research Leadership Study Methodology
The study analyzes the alternative energy work of 3,000 research institutions (primary universities) using SciVal Spotlight, Elsevier’s new research performance measurement tool which will be released later this summer. Moving beyond the traditional method of measuring research output by journal count, the SciVal Spotlight tool is built on a more detailed model of the current structure of science. The model, covering almost all of the science being conducted across the globe, was developed using co-citation analysis of a comprehensive database including 5.6 million separate papers published between 2003 and 2007 and another 2 million of the heavily cited reference works within these papers.

About the Elsevier SciVal Suite
The SciVal suite of services delivers intelligence solutions to help the academic and government research communities evaluate, establish and execute their research strategies more effectively. The suite currently includes SciVal Spotlight and SciVal Funding.

With traditional research performance measurement options unable to capture the reality of today’s multidisciplinary scientific landscape, the SciVal Spotlight tool is designed to provide research managers with a more accurate picture of any institution’s unique research strengths and opportunities.

SciVal Funding is an online funding intelligence solution that enables researchers and research administrators to better compete for research funding. The tool provides access to over 5,000 funding sources and includes targeted recommendations based on pre-populated research profiles as well as an extensive history of awarded grants.

For more information on the SciVal Suite, please visit http://www.scival.com.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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