Netherlands Takes Global Research Crown in Thomson Reuters Analytics World Challenge

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today named the Netherlands as the winner of the inaugural Thomson Reuters Analytics World Challenge, a unique competition utilizing indicators from InCitesTM—the industry’s leading research analytics platform—to measure the global impact of the scientific research produced by countries participating in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup tournament.

The Netherlands shocked the scholarly community with a victory over research heavyweight Switzerland, home to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Large Hadron Collider, to win the first-ever Analytics World Challenge. Netherlands was crowned Global Research Champion after five rounds of competition which measured each nation’s scholarly influence by evaluating a variety of benchmarks and metrics, including their percentage of international collaborations and highly cited papers. Highly cited papers constitute the top one percent of papers receiving the most citations in a research field published in a specified year.

Thomson Reuters analysts determined the winners of each round of the Analytics World Challenge by utilizing reports pulled from InCites, the leading web-based research analytics platform enabling institutions and governments to measure research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels.

“Congratulations to the Netherlands on being named the Analytics World Challenge Champion!” said Gordon Macomber, managing director of Scholarly and Scientific Research at Thomson Reuters. “We are pleased to honor the critical research emerging from the Netherlands, as well as to offer a unique perspective into how the countries competing in the World Cup compare in terms of research prowess and scholarly collaboration.”

Analytics World Challenge fans followed the game on the InCites Twitter Feed @InCites_TR and on the Analytics World Challenge website, where they were invited to submit brackets with their own predictions.

In line with their commitment to expand scientific research, the Netherlands will host Science Hack Day, a grassroots event designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds— all sharing a passion for science— to work together to develop new scientific solutions or “hacks.” The event, to be held in Eindhoven August 30-31, aims to empower Netherlands’ scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts and further Netherlands’ scientific reach. Follow this event on Twitter @ScienceHackDay and @EndNoteNews.