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IST Austria No. 2 among the world’s best research institutes

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The renowned scientific journal "Nature" yesterday published its "Nature Index 2018", the results of the annual evaluation of publication data of 82 well-established world-class journals. For the first time, the size of the institutions in which the publishing researchers work is also taken into account. The adjusted statistics show a pleasing picture for Austria: the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg shows up 2nd worldwide in the ranking. First place goes to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, USA, the third place to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Apart from IST Austria, only two other European institutions (EPFL in Lausanne and ETH Zurich) made it into the top 25 research institutes worldwide.
This "normalized" ranking allows the comparison of institutions of different sizes on the same basis, which also makes smaller institutions visible in the ranking according to their publication output. David Swinbanks, founder of Nature Index, says: "The normalized ranking is especially interesting because it draws to light some smaller institutes that are proportionally outstripping research powerhouses and would otherwise remain buried much lower down in the standard rankings. The smallest institutions in the top ten have some common features: ambition, as disclosed by mission statements about striving to be the best in the world."
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"We are pleased that the sensational second place in the worldwide Nature Index recognizes the achievements of our researchers at IST Austria. This is a wonderful confirmation of the path we chose to write an Austrian success story," says Tom Henzinger, President of IST Austria, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. While IST Austria in 2017 was already listed as one of the top ten "rising star" institutes in the world, in 2018 it made the leap into the realm of the world's leading scientific institutions – whether young or time-honored. The second place in the overall ranking of all research institutes normalized to their size shows that IST Austria now successfully competes with the most famous institutions of the world's research community.

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