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“Too many work, not enough time.” 

This is a good excuse for not writing a blog post.

But for writing research papers if you are a researcher?  C’mon, are you doing your job?

This filler post is a product of my loitering in the SCImago website.  I found this summary of  Scimago Institutions Rankings World Reports published September 2011. While technically it is not a ranking,  their reports are “based on quantitative data of citation and publication which shows bibliometric indicators that unveil some of the main dimensions of research performance of worldwide research-devoted institutions.”

I was about to look at which Philippine institutions could be part of this list but I got stuck at the first page. There are only two institutions from the country!

This is what’s written in the first page.

The report shows six indicators that will help users evaluate the scientific impact, thematic specialization, output size and international collaboration networks of the institutions. The period analyzed in the current edition covers 2005-09. The tables include institutions having published at least 100 scientific documents of any type, that is, articles, reviews, short reviews, letters, conference papers, etc., during the year 2009 as collected by worldwide leader scientific database Scopus by Elsevier. The report encompasses Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as well as other research-focused organizations from different sizes, with different missions and from countries in the five continents. Institutions are grouped into five institutional Sectors: Higher Education, Health System, Government Agencies, Corporations and Others.

It’s very disheartening to see only two Philippine institutions. Comparing ourselves with the rest of Asia, I came up with this plot.

Source: Scimago Institutions Rankings World Reports , September 2011

China had the most number of research institutions in the Asia list.  However, it doesn’t say anything about the quality of the research institutes.  These just mean that these institutes  have more than 100 publications in 2009. To determine the quality of the papers that came out from the research institutes, one  needs to look at the report in detail.

Two institutions came from the country – the International Rice Research Institute and the University of the Philippines Diliman.  I’ll write about the scores of these institutions on different indicators used in the report on my next post,  if I have time.

SIR World Reports 2011 is the most comprehensive ranking of Worldwide Research Institutions….embracing every institution around the world with significant scientific output, the ranking now includes 3,042 institutions that together are responsible for more than 80% of worldwide scientific output during the term 2005-09 as indexed in Elsevier’s Scopus database.

Last words. Most of us are insignificant.

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