Emory Indicators

Research impact in neuroscience

Vol. 9 No. 2
October/November 2006

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Out of Control
Alcohol abuse and academic life at Emory

Use and Abuse

Select Recommendations from the President's Task Force on Alcohol and Other Drugs

"Faculty members generally are more aware of what’s going on with students than the rest of us are. They see the impact more closely in terms of class absences, emotional trauma because of assault, and grades suffering."

"In Italy someone who is out of control because of alcohol is considered the lowest of the low as far as bad public behavior is concerned. Drunkenness is disgusting. American youth are always associated with drunken behavior, and they go from drunken to destructive."

An Image of Ethics
The response of the human brain to moral conflict

Neuroethics and Moral Progress
Toward an understanding of ethics decisions

Emory Indicators: Research impact on neuroscience

Further Reading


In the last issue of AE, I showed that the gap in citation impact between Emory and its peers has closed over the past twenty-five years. In this issue, I highlight recent Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) citation statistics for one of Emory’s fastest growing fields, neuroscience.

With the recruitment of many renowned scientists, neuroscience research at Emory has grown dramatically in the last decade in terms of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The neuroscience graduate program includes ninety faculty drawn from thirteen university and medical school departments and the Yerkes Regional Primate Center, as well as collaborators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many faculty come from Emory departments that are ranked in the top ten in the nation when measured by total NIH funding. Outside the neuroscience graduate program, many faculty in programs such as psychology and anthropology also conduct research on the interface of the brain and behavior.
Emory’s impact in neuroscience research, as evidenced by the 2001-05 ISI citation data is equally impressive:

• During 2001-05, Emory neuroscientists published 1,115 articles and received 13,809 citations.

• With 12.4 citations per article, the field of neuroscience at Emory ranks 13th in the nation in terms of citation impact, better than Johns Hopkins and immediately after Harvard. The average citation impact for all Emory fields is 9.7.

• About 8 percent of all Emory articles published in 1981-85 belonged to neuroscientists; in 2001-05, more than 11 percent of all Emory articles were published in the field of neuroscience.

• Half of the thirteen Emory faculty who make the ISI list of highly cited researchers are neuroscientists. The ISIHighlyCited.com database includes the publication and achievement records of 250 preeminent researchers in 21 categories including life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences.

—Daniel Teodorescu, Institutional Research