American University of Beirut

International study recognizes high quality of AUB faculty research

​​​Safa Jafari Safa, Office of Communications,

A recent study produced a composite citation-ba​sed indicator which lists 32 c​urrent AUB faculty, and seven former ones, among the world's top 2 percent of scholars in their respective fields. A total of six scholars from other universities in Lebanon also made the list. The study was conducted by a group of experts led by Professor John P.A. Ioannides at Stanford University, published in 2019 in the journal PLOS Biology, and updated in October 2020.

The publicly available database lists 100,000 top scientists, classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields. Using multiple citation-based indicators, the list provides standardized information on citations, h-index, coauthorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to peers in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator. The study runs its composite indicator formula against the entire Scopus database from 1996 to 2019. The listing was updated in 2020 to include the top 2 percent of scholars worldwide, listing 159,683 authors.

The majority of AUB's faculty who were listed among the world's top scholars carried out most of their research while affiliated with AUB. Twenty-three faculty members on the list have been awarded tenure since AUB restored it in 2016, and most remain highly productive scientifically.

This database testifies to AUB's advantage in its research-intensive faculty, many of whom are award-winning educators and renowned physicians. This study recognizes the scholastic impact of AUB and its faculty, and demonstrates that AUB is a major international research university.

Note: The table of 32​ academics included in the text above shows only AUB faculty assessed for career-long citation impact up until the end of 2019. Covering citation impact during the single calendar year 2019, the database includes these additional AUB faculty​

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