University of Pittsburgh Ranks No. 22 Globally for Scholarly Publications

Issue Date: 
March 31, 2014

The University of Pittsburgh ranks No. 22 in the world—and in the top 1.1 percent—among 2,000 institutions of higher education for the quality and quantity of its scholarly publications, according to 2013-14 statistics released by the University Ranking by Academic Performance Research Laboratory. Additionally, the University has placed 16th nationally and 7th among U.S. public universities.

“This latest recognition of the scholarship and research being conducted here at the University of Pittsburgh reaffirms our commitment to doing work of impact,” Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said. “Not only does the scholarship and research conducted here at Pitt contribute to enhancing human understanding, improving health, and spurring innovation, but as these rankings indicate, renowned institutions of higher learning around the world who pursue these same goals view Pitt as a source of seminal scholarship and research.”    

Pitt has steadily advanced in these annual rankings since they were first released in 2010. That year, Pitt ranked No. 25 internationally, No. 18 nationally, and No. 8 among U.S. public universities.

The rankings are based on six performance indicators: number of articles, number of citations, total document count, journal impact total, journal citation impact total, and total number of publications made in collaboration with foreign universities.

Other universities in the Top 25 internationally in the 2013-14 rankings include Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, University of Copenhagen, University of Tokyo, and University of Toronto. Pitt’s company among the top U.S. public institutions includes Berkeley, Michigan, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, and Washington. 

The University Ranking by Academic Performance Research Laboratory was established at the Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University in 2009. The main objective of the laboratory is to establish a ranking system for universities worldwide based on academic performances, determined by the quality and quantity of scholarly publications. In line with this objective, an annual World Ranking of 2000 Higher Education Institutions has been released since 2010. For more information, visit