The institution that David Baltimore will guide in the coming years has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's best biomedical research establishments. But is Rockefeller University still riding high, or is it resting on its laurels?

According to data from the Science Citation Index (SCI) of the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Rockefeller University is not only maintaining its dominant position, but also moving ahead.

The accompanying chart illustrates the average citations per paper from Rockefeller University relative to the average for all science papers produced in the United States (which represents a baseline to control for changes in the size of the database over the years). The period surveyed, 1973-88, is divided into a dozen overlapping five-year intervals, each of which includes papers published in those five years and citations to those papers during the same five years.

Although slipping slightly in the early 1980s, Rockefeller...

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