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Academic research at the University of Zielona Góra

The University of Zielona Góra comprises a wide spectrum of faculties ranging from arts, humanities or social science, through biology and health science, to exact sciences or technology and engineering. In terms of the structure, we are closer to an American university rather than a typical school of higher education in Poland. The faculties specializing in exact sciences, technology or engineering publish the results of their research in prestigious periodicals identified by the Institute of Science Information (ISI) in Philadelphia. At present ISI recognizes 1,750 publications affiliated to the University of Zielona Góra and quoted at least 9,000 times in the ISI recognized periodicals (the average of quotations for one indexed paper equals 5.36). The h-index for the University of Zielona Góra was h=36, i.e. so far at least 36 ISI indexed publications have been quoted at least so many times. In case of the best authors, the number of quotations may reach more than 100.
The Hirsch h-index constitutes a good tool for describing the academic activity of universities. It refers to most frequently quoted papers published in prestigious ISI classified periodicals (exact and technical sciences, sociology, humanities and art). The diagram below presents a ranking of 70 Polish institutions of higher education (subdivided into universities, technical universities, pedagogical universities, life science and agriculture universities, physical education academies, theological academies, medical universities and military schools) according to the h-index value (left horizontal axis). The uniform data obtained from ISI cover the period from 1973 to 2012. The University of Zielona Góra is located on the 36th position in Poland (bottom horizontal axis). The symbols of universities are clearly marked and 10 best universities are listed in the accompanying text.
The so-called modified Hirsch index h_m=h/(N^{0.4}), where N is the number of quoted ISI publications, offers even a better tool for the comparison of academic achievements of the institutions of higher education. The modified Hirsch h_m  index is almost independent of the size of the university (bigger universities generate more publications, hence obtain higher h values). The diagram below presents the ranking of universities according to this parameter (right vertical axis). Here the University of Zielona Góra is located on the 29th position in Poland and the 10th position in the classification of traditional universities.
The academic position of the University of Zielona Góra according to the h-index is coherent with other independent ranking systems.
For instance in the so-called web-metric CSIS ranking (published by the Spanish Ministry of Science), the university is located on the 33rd position in Poland in the category of publications and quotations. In terms of the number and the amount of acquired NCN grants locates the University among the first 40 Polish universities (the 14th position among universities). In respect of the income from research (including NCBiR grants), the University occupies the 11th position. This means that the university of Zielona Góra can be classified as an average Polish university in respect of the academic level.
The diagram presents 70 Polish institutions of higher education, their names abbreviated for the sake of clarity. The following is the list of the best ten schools according to the Hirsch index: The University of Warsaw, The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the Warsaw University of Technology, the Medical University of Warsaw, the University of Wrocław, the University of Gdańsk, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the University of Łódź. The University of Zielona Góra is located on the 36th position in the h ranking and the 29th position in the h_m ranking. The two horizontal lines reflect the arithmetic mean of both parameters.

Professor Janusz Gil

 

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