The Scimago ranking confirms the consolidation of the scientific production of the UCLM

The UCLM is ranked at the 15th position in Spain and 577 in the world according to the 2015 edition of the SIR ranking

The 2015 edition of Scimago Institutions Ranking (SIR) indicates the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) is ranked 15th, among the 59 universities analyzed in the Spanish University System (SUS) on scientific publications. Globally, the UCLM is among the 600 best universities, being ranked 577 from a total of 2,838 higher education institutions. In the last four editions, in the time period from 2011 to 2015, the UCLM has maintained the 15th position among Spanish universities and advanced 16 positions in the global university landscape.

The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) is ranked 15th among 59 Spanish universities and 577 among 2,838 higher education institutions around the world, according to the 2015 edition of Scimago Institutions Ranking (SIR), published by SCIMAGO LAB, a technology-based enterprise derived from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, according to the Spanish acronym) cooperating with Elsevier, the largest publisher of scientific literature in the world.

This ranking, which has published seven editions since 2009, analyzes the scientific publications in journals indexed in the SCOPUS database, having become one of the reference systems worldwide on scientometrics in scientific journals, countries and institutions. Regarding the institutions ranking, SCIMAGO LAB classifies not only universities but also public research organizations, hospitals and enterprises. In the last four editions, in the time period from 2011 to 2015, the UCLM has consolidated its role in the national science outlook, occupying the 15th position among Spanish universities. Internationally, the UCLM has advanced 16 positions in the same period to stand among the top 600 universities in the world, being ranked 577. Taking into account all types of institutions, the UCLM has progressed 49 positions from 2011 to 2015.

In the 2015 edition, the first university ranked in the world ranking is Harvard University. However, when taking into account all institutions, Harvard University is surpassed by the public research organizations in France, China and Russia: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Sciences. In a leading position, the public institution for research in Spain, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), is ranked in the 7th position, after the German Helmholtz and Max Planck institutions.

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Scientific Policy, Julian Garde, praised these results indicating that “they reveal the excellent level of the UCLM researchers, who have managed to maintain and enhance its position in the national and international scientific outlook during a time period characterized by a restrictive national and regional research funding context”. In this regard, he recalled that to deal with this situation, the UCLM has been launching the University Research Plan since 2014 “the most ambitious plan our university has had in these 30 years, allocating a total of 8 million euros to support the groups, institutes and research departments, through actions to strengthen its capabilities and increase its material and human resources.”

On the other hand, the Vice Chancellor for Economy and Planning, Manuel Villasalero, recalled that these results confirm the trend of other classification systems published in recent months, “in which the UCLM progress is ratified in different dimensions such as Teaching, Employability, Research, Innovation, Culture, Sustainability or Transparency evaluated by external institutions”. The Vice Chancellor used, as an example of this, the world rankings also sponsored by the CSIC, the Webometrics ranking, with a different methodology, in which the UCLM shows an advance of 8 national positions and 44 global positions from 2011 to 2015, comparing the homogeneous editions published in the same months of these years. As reported in a press release, the UCLM stood at the 18th position nationally and 431 worldwide in this ranking in the recently published 2015 edition, being at positions 26 and 475 in the 2011 edition, respectively.

Press Release Office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, November 18th 2015.

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