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Research Excellence Award

Methodology

Research Excellence Award will recognize outstanding research institutions as seen by modern bibliometric methods. To identify such institutions, Field Weighted Citation Impact is used, based on the data from Scopus database.

Field-Weighted Citation Impact in SciVal indicates how the number of citations received by an entity’s publications compares with the average number of citations received by all other similar publications in the data universe: how do the citations received by this entity’s publications compare with the world average?

  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of 1.00indicates that the entity’s publications have been cited exactly as would beexpected based on the global average for similar publications; theField-Weighted Citation Impact of “World”, or the entire Scopus database, is1.00
  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of morethan 1.00 indicates that the entity’s publications have been cited more thanwould be expected based on the global average for similar publications; forexample, 2.11 means 111% more cited than world average
  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of lessthan 1.00 indicates that the entity’s publications have been cited less thanwould be expected based on the global average for similar publications; forexample, 0.87 means 13% less cited than world average

This metric is useful to:

  • Benchmark entities regardless of differences in their size, disciplinary profile, age, and publication-type composition.
  • Easily understand the prestige of an entity’s citation performance by observing the extent to which its Field-Weighted Citation Impact is above or below the world average of 1.00
  • Present citation data in a way that inherently takes into account the lower number of citations received by relatively recent publications, thus avoiding the dip in recent years seen with Citation Count and Citations per Publication
  • Gain insight into the relative citation performance of an entity in a discipline with relatively poor Scopus coverage, since gaps in the database will apply equally to the entity’s publications and to the set of similar publications
  • Use as a default to view citation data, since it takes multiple variables that can affect other metrics into account
  • Look at publishing activity in a way that is difficult to manipulate

Nominees

TheWest University of Timișoara

The West University of Timișoara (Universitatea de Vest dinTimișoara) was established in 1962 and it is organized in 11 Faculties.

The University is involved in many in mobility programs likeSocrates, PHARE, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.—and the results are indeed impressiveand among the best achievements of the University.

The most famous graduate is Mrs. Herta Müller, the 2009Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to Scopus data, thescientific output of the researchers at West University of Timisoara for 2012-2014totals 1077 documents published by 660 authors.

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IFIN-HH

With a contribution of almost 10%of the national scientific output, IFIN-HH is one of the most important publicR&D organizations in Romania. The institute is dedicated to research anddevelopment in physical and natural sciences, mainly nuclear physics andnuclear engineering, and in related areas including astrophysics and particlephysics, field theory, mathematical and computational physics, atomic physicsand physics of condensed matter, life and environmental physics. In all thesefields, IFIN-HH conducts theoretical and experimental research.

IFIN-HH is part of one of themost ambitious projects yet, ELI, world’s biggest laser in order toconsistently investigate a very broad range of science domains, from new fieldsof fundamental physics, new nuclear physics and astrophysics topics, toapplications in material science, life sciences and nuclear materialsmanagement. Other important findings range from astrophysics to countlessinnovations in nuclear physics.

According to Scopus data, thescientific output of the researchers at Horia Hulubei National Institute ofPhysics and Nuclear Engineering for 2012-2014 totals 1601 documents publishedby 517 authors.

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BabesBolyai University

Babes Bolyai University has a rich multicultural history dating back to the16th century and has had amongst its students famous scientists andresearchers like: Augustin Maior (1882- 1964) – physicist; Raluca Ripan -(1894-1975) – chemist; Bolyai János (1802-1860), mathematician; Alexandru Borza(1887-1971 ) botanist; Herman Oberth (1894-1989) world renowned physicist; EmilRacoviţă (1868-1947) world renowned biologist and speleologist; Sextil Puşcariu(1877-1948) linguist etc.

With more than 41,000 students in 2014, it is the largest university in thecountry. The Babeș-Bolyai University offers study programs in Romanian,Hungarian, German, English and French. The university was named after prominentscientists from Transylvania: the Romanian bacteriologist Victor Babeș and theHungarian mathematician János Bolyai.

According to Scopus data, the scientific output of the researchers at BabesBolyai University for 2012-2014 totals 3125 documents published by 1940authors.

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