The Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone
The Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

The University of California, San Diego ranks 14th among world universities and scientific institutions in number of top scientific publications produced, according to an article in the October issue of Scientific American.

In a special report on the “State of the World’s Science,” the magazine examined the relative scientific output of nations and institutions by analyzing some 57,000 research articles referenced in the Nature Index from June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015.

“The results show us who leads the world in scientific output,” the magazine said, publishing the results in a chart showing the “world leaders” in science.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences ranked first with 1,358 articles, followed by Harvard University at 818, the French National Center of Scientific Research at 728, Germany’s Max Planck Society at 656 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 498.

UC San Diego came in 14th with 323 articles, just behind Switzerland’s ETH university with 327, but ahead of Yale University with 308.

Though a Chinese institution led the rankings, America’s combined scientific output from public and private organizations dwarfed all other countries, with 17,520 articles to China’s 6,352, Germany’s 3,964, the United Kindom’s 3,236 and Japan’s 3,066.

The magazine noted that the top 10 universities and five large research organizations accounted for about 15 percent of the world’s total scientific output.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.