When it comes to peer recognition, papers published by Rockefeller University scientists get more than their share of attention. A lot more.

In fact, the average journal article by a Rockefeller scientist was cited nearly three times more often than the average scientific paper tracked over a 12-year period (1973 to 1984) by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

Also cited far more than the average were papers published by faculty at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania.

ISI recently surveyed these institutions and others as part of an ongoing experiment to formulate indicators of scientific performance based on citation data.

Publications from Rockefeller were cited, on average, 2.9 times as often as the average article tracked by ISI. Papers from Harvard received 2.2 times the average. Those from Stanford. Yale, and Columbia attracted 2.0, 1.8, and 1.8 times as many citations as the average paper, respectively,...

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