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Thomson Reuters Corporation: University of California Berkeley Takes the Research Crown in Thomson Reuters Metrics Mania

April 9, 2013 - London

UC Berkeley knocks out Harvard as research champion by one-hundredth of a point


PHILADELPHIA, April 9, 2013 - The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the University of California Berkeley as the champion of its Metrics Mania, a first-of-its-kind competition measuring the research impact of American universities participating in the NCAA® college basketball competition. The University of California Berkeley narrowly defeated Harvard University by one-hundredth of a point in the final face-off of the tournament.

Last night as millions of basketball fans across the United States excitedly watched University of Louisville win this year's collegiate basketball championship, the world of scientific and scholarly research also crowned a new champion. The Thomson Reuters Metrics Mania tournament identified the university with the best research performance of all American institutions competing in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Metrics Mania winners for each round were determined weekly from March 19 through April 8 using Thomson Reuters InCitesTM, a robust, web-based evaluation tool that analyzes a university's research productivity and performance based on citation data derived from Thomson Reuters Web of KnowledgeSM, the premier research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Throughout the competition, the brackets in Metrics Mania aligned competing institutions comparing the research program of each school with that of its bracket matchup.

"Our goal was to use proprietary scientific data and analytics from Thomson Reuters to have the schools compete on a different plain that would show a unique perspective into how those institutions compare in terms of their intellectual prowess," said Gordon Macomber, managing director, Thomson Reuters Scientific & Scholarly Research. "Thomson Reuters InCites, our premier Research Analytics platform, was used to evaluate each institution to determine which had the best scientific research output. Congratulations to University of California Berkeley!"

Metrics Mania fans followed the game on the ScienceWatch Twitter Feed  and Web of Knowledge Facebook. View the official Metrics Maniabracket.

InCites is the Thomson Reuters Research Analytics platform that offers comparative benchmarks to support research management and evaluation. InCites provides normalized metrics for repeatable analysis of outcomes, cross-regional impacts, discipline comparisons and standardized, accurate reviews for promotion and tenure processes, and can serve as a support solution in ongoing quality assurance activities. Learn more about InCites.

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