Canadian University Publications 2006
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Canadian Universities Publications 2006
What is CUP 2006?
CUP 2006 is a comprehensive record of the publishing output in 6,000 international peer-reviewed journals, of all researchers at 69 universities and affiliated teaching hospitals. CUP covers the 6 year period 1999-2004. CUP contains extensive charts and tables analyzing the research output, intensity, impact and efficiency of universities and hospitals and their researchers.
CUP 2006 analyzes the overall output (publishing) performance of the university system as a whole (Canada-level analysis). It also provides separate analyses of the performance of the Natural Sciences and Engineering, Health sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition, CUP analyzes the performance of universities in the Medical/Doctoral (large), Comprehensive (medium) and Undergraduate (small) categories.
For each university, CUP also provides the publication record of the entire university and for up to 60 individual fields of study. The fields of study correspond to "departments"; eg. Economics, Botany, Physiology, etc.
CUP 2006 is the first in a series that will appear occasionally.
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Where Do the Data Come From?
CUP 2006 is based on authoritative data produced by the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The Observatoire maintains the Canadian Bibliometric Database (CBD)TM. The database is constructed by the OST using the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index databases of Thomson Scientific. The CBD lists publications by Canadian researchers according to discipline, institution, collaborative partners, etc. In addition, CUP utilizes RE$EARCH Infosource Inc.'s Canadian Universities Database, which tracks the research income of universities. Additional data on faculty numbers come from Statistics Canada.
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What Types of Analyses Does CUP Provide?
CUP provides the following analysis utilizing its various data sources:
1. National analysis of research publishing trends at 69 universities from 1999-2004.
2. National results by field (Natural Sciences & Engineering, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities)
3. National results by subfield (i.e. Clinical Medicine, Biomedical Research, Engineering and Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biological and Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Space, Business, Economics, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Fine Arts, Humanities and Literature, etc.)
4. Extensive appendices containing detailed profiles of each of 69 universities, including: publication output, intensity, impact, and research efficiency by field, subfield and discipline (up to 60 individual fields of study).
5. Comparative benchmarking rankings for universities
6. Comparative world and country benchmarking indicators...
7. ...and More!
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How are Different Indicators Calculated?
Total number of university publications: The total number of publications published by researchers affiliated with Canadian universities or research hospitals in 6,000 peer-reviewed international journals. CUP includes 6 years of data (1999-2004).
Total number of world publications: The total number of publications published by researchers worldwide from all sectors - university/hospital, corporate, government, other. CUP compares Canadian academic publishing output with world publishing activity.
Publication intensity: The total number of publications per full-time faculty (full, associate and assistant faculty positions). It has been estimated that there is, on average, a 2-year lag time between research and publication. Therefore the intensity calculation offsets publication and faculty numbers by 2 years. For example, papers published in 2004 would be used with 2001-2002 full-time faculty counts.
Average Relative Impact Factor (ARIF): The impact factor metric measures the perceived impact of research. It is based on a calculation of citations received by journals. The impact factor does not measure the specific number of citations per article (direct impact), but rather, a measure of the probability of being cited (perceived impact).
However, an article's probability of being cited is not the same for all fields. For example, the average impact factor for biomedical research journals is much higher than for chemistry or physics journals, given that the average number of citations per article is much higher in biomedical research than in the other two fields. Therefore, to compare the impact factor of publications from several specialties, the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies developed the Average relative impact factor (ARIF).This indicator takes into account the average impact factor of the journals in a specialty and compares the publications in each journal with an average journal impact in its specialty. When the relative impact factor average is greater than 1, the researchers' publications have a perceived impact above the world average, and vice versa.
Publication efficiency: The cost per publication indicator. The research efficiency calculation offsets the research income and publication numbers by two years. Therefore, for research income in 2002, publication numbers from 2004 would be used.
Publication effectiveness: Publication effectiveness combines quantitative and qualitative indicators. The underlying philosophy is that if two similar institutions receive similar amounts of money for research and researchers at Institution A consistently produce high impact (high quality) publications at low cost, and researchers at Institution B consistently produce low impact publications at high cost, then Institution A can be deemed to be more effective than Institution B.
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What Disciplines Does CUP Cover?
|Major Fields, Subfields and Disciplines|
|NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING
||Biological and Agricultural Sciences
- Agriculture & Food Science (includes Dairy & Food Science)
- Marine Biology & Hydrobiology
- Veterinary Medicine
- All Other (Ecology, Entomology, General Biology, General Zoology, Misc. Biology and Misc. Zoology)
- Includes: Analytical Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, General Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Polymers
|Earth and Space
- Environment Science
- All Other (Earth & Planetary Science, Meteorology & Atmospheric Science and Oceanography & Limnology)
|Engineering and Technology
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering & Electronics (includes Computers)
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- All Other (Aerospace Technology, Architecture, Ergonomics, General Engineering, Materials Science, Metals & Metallurgy, Misc.
Engineering & Technology, Nuclear Technology and Operations Research)
- Includes: Applied Mathematics, General Mathematics, Misc. Mathematics and Probability & Statistics
- Applied Physics
- Nuclear & Particle Physics
- Solid State Physics
- All Other (Acoustics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Fluids & Plasmas, General Physics and Misc. Physics)
- Anatomy & Morphology
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Genetics & Heredity
- All Other (Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Cellular Biology Cytology & Histology, Embryology, General Biomedical Research, Microscopy, Misc. Biomedical Research, Nutrition & Dietetic, Parasitology and Virology)
- General & Internal Medicine
- Neurology & Neurosurgery
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Public Health
- Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
- All Other Medicine (Allergy, Anesthesiology, Arthritis & Rheumatology, Cardiovascular System, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology, Environmental & Occupational Health, Misc. Clinical Medicine, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation, Respiratory System, Tropical Medicine and Urology)
- Environmental Studies
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Social Work
- Sociology (includes Family Studies and Women?s Studies)
- All Other (Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Social Sciences - Biomedical, Criminology, Demography, Ethnology, Planning & Development, Social Science - Interdisciplinary, Social Issues, Social Work, Transport Studies and Urban Studies)
||Includes: Art, Dance, Film, Radio, Television, Music, Theatre
- Library & Information Science
- All Other (Communications, Folklore, History, History & Philosophy of Science, History of Social Science,
- History & Philosophy of Science, General Humanities, Philosophy and Religion)
- Literature Includes: Classics, Language & Linguistics, Literary Review, Literature, Literature - African, Canadian & Australian, American, British Isles, German, Netherlandic, Scandinavian, Literature - Romance, Literature - Slavic and Poetry
||Includes: Classics, Language & Linguistics, Literary Review, Literature, Literature - African, Canadian & Australian, American, British Isles, German, Netherlandic, Scandinavian, Literature - Romance, Literature - Slavic and Poetry
*Some indicators may not be available for all disciplines
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Who Should Read CUP 2006?
CUP 2006 is an essential reference guide for:
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- All university administrators, deans and department heads who want to track their own researchers' performance and compare it to that of peer institutions. (CUP tracks research for the university as a whole and for up to 60 individual fields of study, corresponding to departments.)
- Research funding organizations in the government and not-for-profit sectors interested in knowing the impact of their financial support.
- Companies and industry associations interested in knowing where Canada's university research strengths lie.
- Anyone interested in benchmarking Canada's university research performance against that of other countries.
- Departments and ministries of education/advanced education needing to track the performance of their universities.
- Libraries wanting to acquire the latest information on university publishing activities.
What Does it Cost to Purchase CUP 2006?
Single copy: $795.00 + GST
University site license:
Site licenses include 10 printed copies of CUP 2006 plus an electronic copy in PDF format. The site license gives universities unlimited rights to reproduce the report and distribute it within the university. Distribution outside of the university, in whole or in part, is not permitted.
- Medical/Doctoral University: $7,500 + GST
- Comprehensive University: $6,000 + GST
- Undergraduate University: $4,000 + GST
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78 Sullivan Street
Telephone: (416) 481 7070 ext. 31
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About RE$EARCH Infosource Inc.
RE$EARCH Infosource Inc. is a private company that collects and analyzes data on research and development in Canadian companies and universities. RE$EARCH Infosource publishes Canada's Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders List and Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List. RE$EARCH Infosource also publishes in-depth studies of trends in corporate and university research.
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