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Bibliometric Mapping and Evaluation of Leading Research Groups in Life Sciences

This work deals with the mapping of the leading researchers in the seven academic institutions in Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Weizmann Institute and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology) in the following areas of life sciences: genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, chemical genomics, and personalized medicine.

The prominent researchers were selected by bibliometric indicators: the number of publications in the areas in question; average citations per publication in all years, and in recent years (2008-2012) in particular; and h-index. In addition, the relevant faculties and departments in all academic institutions and university hospitals were also surveyed, as well as the associations and research centers engaged in these fields, grantees in the fields in question, and publications in major journals. For the researchers included on the list, bibliometric indices were calculated and information was collected on research grants, awards, multi-disciplinary studies, and publications in esteemed journals. An analysis of joint working relationships between the various researchers was carried out. The entire study was conducted using open information from various sources and bibliometric database. The summary and discussion chapter includes recommendations for further research with other means.