UM Receives International Ranking for Science Performance

October 24, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s science studies ranked internationally and best in the state in the National Taiwan University Ranking’s 2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.

UM made the list in the field of agriculture and the subjects of environment/ecology, geosciences and plant/animal science. In each case, UM ranked the best in the state. No other Montana university made the list in any other category.

In the category of environment/ecology as a subject of study, the report lists UM as 71st in the world and 35th in the United States. UM’s geosciences ranked 199th in the world and 69th nationwide. The plant/animal science subject of study at UM made the list at 61st in the U.S. and 229th nationwide. UM’s agriculture as a field of study ranked 133rd in the world and 50th in the nation.

NTU evaluates and ranks the scientific paper performance of the top 500 universities worldwide. Three criteria represented by eight indicators were used to access a university’s overall scientific paper performance: research productivity (accounting for 25 percent of the score), research impact (35 percent) and research excellence (40 percent).

The annual ranking system began in 2007, using data from Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index to develop statistics on the articles published in international academic journals.

To view the complete 2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers list online, visit


Contact: Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship, 406-243-4766,