Tainan, Sept. 8 (CNA)National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)'s College of Social Sciences has entered the world social science academic ranking for the first time, according to the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) evaluations in July, 2011.
NCKU is now Taiwan's number two higher education institution in terms of the number of research papers published, standing at the top one percent in ESI social science rankings of the number of citations in 2011.
According to the ESI results, NCKU has a world ranking of 361 for the number of publications and 537 for that of citations.
"The College of Social Sciences at NCKU is a relatively young college founded 14 years ago with about 30 faculty members, increasing to 62 only recently. Of the total, 90% hold doctoral degrees," said Chih-Chin Ho, vice president of NCKU.
Since 2009, more than 50 papers of the faculty members have been cited over 200 times, an indication of the papers' excellent quality and quantity, Ho added.
The number of citations is an important indicator that NCKU not only excels in engineering and science and technology but also performs well in social sciences, said Huang Mu-Hsuan of National Taiwan University (NTU), an expert on university rankings.
The number of citations is an important indicator for a research paper's influence worldwide. Therefore, the ESI uses it as an important assessment threshold, and it takes a long time to accumulate enough experience to enter world rankings, Huang explained.
ESI is a research evaluation tool developed by Thomson Reuters that presents science performance statistics and data trends based on the number of journal publications and citations in the company's scientific database. It is frequently used in assessing academic performance of research institutes and universities.
Contact Information: Crystal Chen, News Center. National Cheng Kung University. Tel: +886-6-275-7575 Ext. 50042.