Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (9): 1702-1716.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201709014

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Analysis of competitiveness of international geographic institutes based on bibliometrics

Shuqiang WANG1(), Xiuling QING2,3(), Jing WANG1, Hui CHEN1, Jing CUI1, Shaoqiang WANG1, Tao PEI1, Xuesi TONG1, Xiao LIU1,3, Hang ZHAO1,3, Tao DU1,3   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Library and Information Center, CAS, Beijing 100190, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2016-12-02 Revised:2017-05-08 Online:2017-09-30 Published:2017-09-30
  • Supported by:
    Special Foundation for Library and Information of Innovation Program of CAS, No.CAS1445


Based on bibliometric data from ISI-WOS during 2000 to 2015, the scientific output, influence, discipline structure, collaboration ability and highlight results of 13 international institutes in geographic science were assessed using several advanced bibliometric indices departments, including Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), CAS; College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University; School of Geography, Beijing Normal University; School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford; School of Geography, University of Cambridge; Department of Geography, University of London; Department of Geography, University of California System; Department of Geography, University of Maryland System; Department of Geography, University of Durham; Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol; School of Geography and Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham; Department of Geography at University of British Columbia; International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. The analysis shows that the Department of Geography, University of Maryland ranked the top in many fields in light of citation indices. The IGSNRR, CAS is the first of the 13 institutes in terms of the number of papers among all the institutes. However, the lower citation rate indicates that there is a large gap in scientific influence for IGSNRR. In addition, the result also demonstrates that IGSNRR has become stronger in pioneering the discipline and realizing the innovations along with the increase of the fields and the ability in the international collaboration.

Key words: geographic science, preponderant discipline, competitive strength of institute, citation, average citation rate, bibliometric research, international collaboration