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Carolina Ranks Highest Among US Universities in Coronavirus Research

April 6, 2020
The Well
UNC-Chapel Hill campus photo with bell tower in the background and redbud tree branches in the foreground.

(Photo by Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Carolina is the highest ranked U.S. university in the world for coronavirus research, according to a Microsoft Academic rating system based on how often other researchers cited articles written by the University’s faculty members.

The University ranks 8th in saliency, surpassed in the United States only by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ranked 2nd) and the National Institutes of Health (ranked 5th). The top worldwide institution is the University of Hong Kong.

In the same ranking system, Carolina is 4th in the number of citations of its research and 6th in the number of publications.

The saliency ranking is particularly relevant because it goes beyond the mere accounting of citations, according to the Microsoft Academic website. Saliency “imposes weighting on each citation based on the factors of the citing sources, including the reputation and the age of each citation.”

Microsoft Academic is a free public web search engine for academic publications and literature, developed by Microsoft Research. Information on the website is based on the Microsoft Academic Graph data set, which contains over 233 million publications and their related academic entities. Microsoft Research uses its partner web browser Bing to discover research content from around the world and then applies artificial intelligence to filter and analyze the data.

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