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CSHL receives top ranking in ten-year survey of research impact

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Thomson-ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) tracks the impact of published research papers by counting the number of times a particular paper is referred to by other scientists in their own papers. Thomson-ISI defines “highly cited” papers as those that are in the top 1% (99th percentile) of most frequently cited papers.

Thomson-ISI also publishes a “pound for pound most influential” list of institutions that have the highest percentage of highly cited papers among all papers published by that institution.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was recently ranked #1 on Thomson-ISI’s list of “Institutions Ranked by Percentage of Highly Cited Molecular Biology & Genetics Papers” for the decade 1992 – 2002.

The “Top-Ten” rankings on the list were:

  1. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  2. Salk Institute
  3. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Massachusetts General Hospital
  6. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  7. Harvard University
  8. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  9. Stanford University
  10. Rockefeller University

To read an interview conducted by Thomson-ISI with the Director and CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Bruce Stillman, on the occasion of this ranking, see

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About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,000 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle, high school, and undergraduate students and teachers. For more information, visit