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Elsevier Releases Results of Alternative Energy Research Leadership Study Identifying Top 25 Institutions Worldwide
Date:6/25/2009

AMSTERDAM, June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- Over 1000 Members of the Research Community View Webcast to Learn About Findings and New Performance Measurement Method

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced results of its SciVal Spotlight Alternative Energy Research Leadership study. Analyzing the work of 3,000 research institutions from across the globe, the study identifies the top 25, using a new method for determining leadership.

Highlights of the findings were shared in a recent webcast, "Research Leadership Redefined... Measuring Performance in a Multidisciplinary Landscape." Over 1000 academic and government executives, researchers and librarians joined live or viewed the recorded version to learn more about the methodology behind the study which illustrates a new way to identify research leaders based on output in "distinctive competencies".

Distinctive competencies (DCs) represent expertise in specific research areas. They reveal the degree to which institutions have constructed multidisciplinary networks within their organization focused on achieving specific breakthroughs. Indicating that research within the university is not being done in isolated silos, examining output in distinctive competencies offers a more accurate way of determining leadership in a given area than traditional measurement methods.

    Following are the top ranked institutions in the study based on the
number of alternative energy research papers produced in distinctive
competencies (DCs):

    Institution                                      Country          Total
                                                                    Papers in
                                                                       DCs
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center                 United States     309
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