UFSC has 165 researchers among the most influential in Latin America, according to international ranking

01/10/2021 14:02

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) has 165 researchers among the most influential of Latin America, according to the AD Scientific Index 2021 ranking. UFSC appears in the 10th position among 453 Latin American higher education institutions and is fifth among Brazilian federal institutions, behind the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp).

Nine out of the top ten places in the Latin American ranking are occupied by Brazilian institutions. The Universidade de São Paulo (USP) occupies the top of the list, with 2,134 researchers, followed by the Universidade Estadual de São Paulo Júlio de Mesquita Filho (Unesp) and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), with 572 and 556, respectively.

The survey considers the leading 10 thousand Latin American scientists. The ranking is a classification that shows the productivity of researchers as a whole and within the last five years, according to the scoring system and number of citations in Google Scholar. Only authors who have a public profile and registered institutional e-mail are eligible for ranking. The use of Google Scholar as an exclusive tool for ranking and charging payments for updating and correcting data are factors present in this ranking, and have been used by other scientific rankings, despite receiving criticism from experts.

Highlight among the BRICS

In the ranking of the leading 10 thousand scientists of the BRICS member countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), UFSC is in 24th position among 1,033 ranked educational institutions. The University appears in the AD Scientific Index with 72 researchers, based on the same classification parameters.

Among the BRICS, Brazil appears in second place, with 3,192 scientists, only behind China, with 3,908. Next on the list are: India (2023), South Africa (522) and Russia (355).

Translated by SINTER/UFSC

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