LSHTM retains top spot in the UK for open access, collaboration and gender diversity in research

Data from more than 1,500 universities included in the 2024 CWTS Leiden Ranking

Chart showing proportion of female authorships among top three UK universities in Leiden Ranking

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been named as the best university in the UK for publishing open access research, for collaborations and for the proportion of academic research with women listed as authors for the third year in a row in the CWTS Leiden Ranking.

Between 2019 and 2022, 94% of LSHTM research was in open access publications, third highest in the world.

The gender split at LSHTM across publications was 48% female authors and 52% male.

The proportion of publications which were in collaboration with other organisations was 97%, 84% were international collaborations and 71% involved a collaborator at an institution more than 5,000km away, all of which were the biggest proportion of any UK university.

LSHTM was also ranked 10th in the UK for research impact in sciences, for the proportion of its total publications ranking in the top 10% of most cited research (15%).

The 2024 CWTS Leiden Ranking, published by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, measures the scientific performance of more than 1,500 major universities worldwide. It uses Web of Science data to rank universities based on the number and proportion of their publications that are highly cited.

Caroline Relton, Pro-Director of Research and Academic Development at LSHTM, said: “I’m extremely proud of all our staff and partners for working so hard to make their research as accessible and inclusive as possible. 

"Rankings such as these reflect sustained commitment and a focus on what matters as we carry out research to improve health worldwide.”

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