Nov. 28, 2019

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ranked 15th on this year's Nature Index of Young Universities, which was released recently. The Index ranks universities 50 years old or younger in the natural sciences. It is a clear indication that the University is on the right track as it matures into its second half-century. 

Nature Index measures article count (AC) and fractional count (FC). The first (AC) is the total number of articles published by an institution's affiliated authors in the 82 publications tracked by the Index. FC measures the share of those institutions' contributions to each article. 

BGU researchers published 133 articles in those publications tracked by the Nature Index from September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019. The Index also analyzed the articles by subject, where physical sciences were BGU's strongest suit, followed by chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, and life sciences, in descending order. 

The Index also tracked article collaborations through the fractional count. Tel Aviv University was BGU's top domestic collaborator, while Harvard University was BGU's top international collaborator.

"As we set our sights on recruiting more top-tier young faculty, and carrying out ever impactful research, this ranking shows us we are heading in the right direction. As we age out of the young universities, we are poised to ascend to even greater heights," says BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz.​

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Above: The Grosman Building for Geology on BGU's Marcus Family Campus

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