A few days back Dave did some analysis on papers that were highly scited on SciRate in the past 12 months. He examined papers that had more than 10 scitations and tried to group them by region.
Papers that had multiple co-authors were split between regions and if an author had multiple affiliations between different regions it was split again. He found, somewhat interestingly, that the US beat out Europe and Canada for the number of highly scited papers. This is interesting mostly because the US spends comparatively less than Canada and Europe on Quantum Information theory research.
Somewhat foolishly I decided that it would be interesting to see what the outcome of a similar calculation would be if we did the same analysis by institution instead of geographic region. Well, after an hour or so of downloading papers and checking affiliations I cobbled together the calculation.
I decided to basically use the same scoring mechanism as Dave. Each paper with more than 10 scitations, ie 11 or more, was worth 1 point. If there were multiple co-authors they each received a fraction of that point. Again, if an author had more than 1 affiliation I split their allocation accordingly.
Oh, and I did the calculation taking into account papers from 365 days prior to the 3rd of November. Clearly, the choice of time-period over which this calculation is done makes a big difference.
Now, before presenting a summary of these results I should point out that this was all done on the back of an envelope (actually, the reverse side of a printout of a paper) and isn’t necessarily accurate. While I was happy to waste my time to do this once, it wasn’t really worth checking the stats too thoroughly. Mostly, I was only interested in the broad trends that emerged and I think I counted accurately enough to establish those. But, please, don’t take any of this too seriously. I’m only publishing these stats as a discussion starter!!!
Of the 46 papers that I counted, 37 separate institutions were listed by authors as affiliations. Only 10 of those institutions received a score of 1 or more papers (remember if there were multiple co-authors the score for a paper would be fractional). The top 10 institutions were: