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ELSEVIER Research Impact Leaders Awards

ELSEVIER Research Impact Leaders 2017

Elsevier launched a project aimed at improving the visibility of academic achievements of Polish universities in the world.

These activities include cooperation with leading academic institutions seeking to increase their chances of receiving grants, gaining better recognition in the world and increasing internationalization.

The Research Impact Leaders Award, first awarded in 2016, is a part of the global Elsevier initiative, which aims to support research and development of science in many disciplines. The awards are a recognition of outstanding research institutions that have the greatest impact on research and contribute to better recognition of Polish science in the world.

Nominees ELSEVIER Research Impact Leaders Award 2017
(in alfabetical order)

Agricultural Sciences

  • Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego
  • Uniwersytet Rolniczy w Krakowie
  • Uniwersytet Rzeszowski


  • Uniwersytet Gdański
  • Uniwersytet Rzeszowski
  • Uniwersytet Szczeciński

Social Sciences

  • Politechnika Gdańska
  • Politechnika Poznańska
  • Politechnika Śląska

Engineering & Technology

  • Akademia Morska w Gdyni
  • Politechnika Lubelska
  • Uniwersytet Zielonogórski

Natural Sciences

  • Uniwersytet Jagielloński
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • Uniwersytet Zielonogórski

Medical Sciences

  • Gdański Uniwersytet Medyczny
  • Uniwersytet Jagielloński
  • Uniwersytet Rzeszowski

Competition rules

Objectives of the Award. Elsevier distinguishes the universities whose publications had the greatest influence on the visibility of Polish science in the world. It is defined by the continuous increase in the number of publications in the most prestigious scientific journals, the participation of foreign contributors and the citation in a particular discipline.

Categories. Awards are given in six broad disciplines (OECD classification):

  • Life Sciences/Agricultural Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Humanities
  • Medical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Awarding Principles. Universities are distinguished in particular disciplines based on the algorithm:

  • Percentage increase in publications (weight 10%)
  • Percentage increase in the number of authors (weight 10%)
  • Field-Weighted Citation Impact (weight 40%)
  • Field-Weighted International Collaboration (weight 20%)
  • Publications in Top 10 Journal Percentiles (weight 20%)

The above ratios are calculated on the basis of publications affiliated to the respective university in the Scopus database. The SciVal database will be used for calculations. Institutions whose affiliated authors have published at least 50 publications in the period 2014-2016 are considered. In order for a university to qualify for the award, it must have the right to award the degree of doctor habilitated in the discipline.

The official presentation of the second edition of the ELSEVIER Research Impact Leaders Awards will take place on 27 November 2017 during the gala accompanying the conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of higher education”.


Jarosław Gowin
Minister of Science and Higher Education


Conference of Rectors of Academic
Schools in Poland

Polish Accreditation Committee

Perspektywy Education Foundation

Substantive Partner

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