Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) was recognized in the 2013 Latin American SCImago ranking, which measures scientific output of the schools in the region. UNAB is ranked 111 in Latin America, moving up 19 places from the 2012 ranking of 130. The university improved its position internationally, increasing the number of publications in indexed journals and scientific production in collaboration with international institutions.
Nationally, the 2013 SCImago ranking confirmed UNAB’s leadership among private higher institutions where it remained ranked # 12, only surpassed by traditional schools. "This result continues to demonstrate that scientific activity can be developed successfully outside of places where it has traditionally been done in Chile," said Andres Gomberoff, UNAB’s Vice Chancellor for Research and PhD programs.
This report is prepared each year by SCImago Research Group, an institution formed by researchers at public universities in Spain and Portugal.
More and better publications
The number of papers published in scientific journals indexed in Scopus
explains UNAB’s jump. Between 2007 and 2011, the ranking period evaluated in 2013 - the university published a total of 765 papers, representing an increase of 26% over the 2006-2010.
On the other hand, they also increased the percentage of scientific production that UNAB has developed in collaboration with international institutions. In the 2012 ranking this accounted for 39.77% of total production, while in 2013 it increased to 42.61%. 47.45% of UNAB’s academic publications are widespread in the most influential journals in the world, located between the top 25% of SCImago Journal Ranking. Nationally, this proportion is only surpassed by the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (48.31%) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (47.48%).
In addition, the proportion of UNAB’s scientific production that were included among the 10% of the most cited in their academic field also increased, rising from 5.84% in 2012 to 6.25% in 2013. "We continue to improve the positioning of UNAB’s research," said Gomberoff.
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