VU Amsterdam has highest percentage of publications by female scientists in the Netherlands

Forty percent VU publications by female scientists

06/09/2021 | 10:58 AM

The Leiden ranking 2021 and QS ranking 2022 have been published and show a strong scientific impact of research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) through, among other things, the number of citations in the field and top 10% publications. The Leiden ranking shows that VU records the highest percentage of publications by female scientists in the Netherlands. Just over forty percent of VU publications are written by a female scientist. In the Leiden ranking 2021, the scientific quality of VU publications is again reflected, including through an increase in the rankings. VU also strengthens its position in the international QS ranking 2022, more specifically with regard to its scientific impact through citations of research and its teaching of international students.

Leiden ranking 2021: scientific quality and impact of VU research
The Leiden ranking 2021 shows scientific impact through advanced bibliometric indicators, and provides context to the universities' research based on publications and citations. The Leiden Ranking ranks research on scientific impact, international collaborations, open access publications and gender diversity.

With respect to gender diversity in scientific publications, VU represents a high position among Dutch universities in the list: of the scientific articles in the period 2016-2019, it appears that a proportion of 40.4% of the publications were written by female scientists, with the percentage of Dutch universities varying between 17.0 - 40.4% (select indicator PA-F|FM, which explains the proportion of publications by female scientists in the distribution of publications by female and male scientists). Also, scientific quality and impact remained strong via an increase to position 79 worldwide (85 in 2020; based on the percentage of top 10% publications - PP top 10%) and thus an increase to position 4 in the Netherlands with respect to the citation impact of top 10% publications within the research area. The PP10% indicator shows the proportion of publications of a university that, compared to similar publications, belong to the top 10% of most frequently cited publications. Also, a clear majority of 71% of VU publications in the period 2016-2019 were published in open access (proportion PP of OA publications), with the percentage of Dutch universities ranging between 63.6% - 76.6%.

QS ranking 2022: scientific impact through citations of VU research and teaching to international students is strongly represented
The international QS World University ranking 2022 (Quacquarelli Symonds) is an annual ranking of universities, ranked among other things on the quality of education and scientific research. This is assessed both quantitatively - for example through citation impact and staff/student ratios, and qualitatively - for example through reputation surveys among academics. The QS ranking focuses on six components: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), citations per faculty (20%), faculty student (20%), international faculty (5%) and international students (5%).

Of these components, VU Amsterdam positions itself most strongly on the component citations per faculty (position 153 worldwide). Compared to last year, VU also positions itself more strongly on the component of education to international students. VU takes a 209th position, up 27 spots from last year's 236th position. VU is part of the top 16 percent of all universities in the QS world university ranking.

Impact ranking 2021: university's social commitment also strongly represented
In addition to the focus on the scientific impact of the university, the focus on diversity and sustainability is also seen: in the previously published Impact Ranking of Times Higher Education (THE), the social commitment of VU Amsterdam is strongly represented. VU research and education is among the top 5 percent of 1115 universities worldwide when it comes to impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Climate Action; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Gender equality and Reduced inequalities.