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Research and agricultural higher education publications: ranked 1st worldwide for number of citations in animal and plant sciences

An exploratory study carried out by INRA within the Agreenium network has made it possible to identify the key strengths in French research and agricultural higher education on an international level. Agreenium is a cooperation institute that brings together 14 higher education institutions and 4 research bodies.

Updated on 09/28/2017
Published on 09/26/2017

INRA: the head of the network

In July 2017, the Web of Science Core Collection1 survey about the 2012-2017 period made it possible to collect data for each member of Agreenium. Totalizing 36000 publications, Agreenium’s network represents 7% of French publications for this period. The leader is INRA with 66%, followed by CIRAD (17%). AgroParisTech represents 16% and Irstea 8%. The data analyzed shows a high prevalence rate of the network in specific specialized domains in percentage of French publications. For example, in the field of Agricultural Dairy Animal Science, 84% of the publications are signed by at least one member of Agreenium.

The use of InCites2 has made it possible to estimate the world ranking in terms of publications if we consolidate the different disciplines in Agreenium’s scope: 2nd rank worldwide in Agricultural Science, 3rd in Plant & Animal Sciences, 4th in Environment & Ecology. According to the number of citations, the estimation is even better: ranked 1st worldwide in Plant & Animal Sciences with over 60000 citations, 2nd in Agricultural Sciences with nearly 31000 citations, 4th in Environment & Ecology, with 39000 citations.

Ways to improve indexing

Nevertheless the study conducted by INRA’s Delegation for Scientific Information revealed a broad indexing spread for some of the institutes whose publishers sign under different labels. Respecting a single labelling pattern to name each institute would improve their indexing. Agreenium’s members will work on this.

1. Data collected during the interrogation of the Web of Science Core Collection for 2012-2017 period, on 19 July 2017
2. The different indicators by InCites are defined in the InCites indicators handbook.

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