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Rankings: Faculty research excellence

Veternary professor working with student looking at an otter skull

Frank Verstraete, professor of veterinary medicine specializing in comparative oral pathology, lends his expertise to vet student Jenna Winer. Professors like Versraete contribute to UC Davis' top ranking among national universities for the number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in veterinary sciences. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

UC Davis faculty excellence is directly related to its research productivity as measured by the number of citations and publications in peer-reviewed journals. According to ScienceWatch.com, a site maintained by Thomson Reuters, this campus consistently places top among its peer universities and among international research organizations with significantly larger budgets whose missions are limited to research.

  • 1st among national universities for the number of papers published in environment/ecology 2005-09 (ScienceWatch)
  • 1st among national universities for the number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in agricultural sciences(ScienceWatch)
  • 1st among national universities for the number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in food science and technology (ScienceWatch)
  • 1st among national universities for the number of citations in peer-reviewed journals in plant and animal sciences (ScienceWatch)
  • 1st among national universities for the number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in soil sciences(ScienceWatch)
  • 1st among national universities for the number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in veterinary sciences (ScienceWatch)
  • 3rd among global organizations for the number of citations in peer-reviewed journals in plant and animal sciences — surpassed only by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the INRA, the national research organization of France (ScienceWatch)
  • 3rd among national universities for the number of citations per paper in peer-reviewed journals in social psychology (2005-09(ScienceWatch)
  • 7th among international institutions for number of citations in peer-reviewed journals in the field of oil spills (ScienceWatch)

Tied for 1st among research universities (with UC Berkeley and Penn State) as the top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars, 2012-13

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