By Ike Suarez
The University of the Philippines (UP) is the institution of higher learning in the country whose scientists and other researchers have had the most citations for their academic papers.
This was reported by the Third Edition of Google?s Cybermetrics Book, an online site that ranks scientists according to their voluntary presence in the Google Scholar Citations database.
The online database enables researchers to search for scholarly writings worldwide on various fields and which are available on the Internet. Making this possible is Google Scholar, a publicly available search engine dedicated for this purpose.
The Cybermetrics Book listed 266 scientists from UP whose papers had been used as citations. On the other hand, 69 scientists from De La Salle University and 17 from Ateneo de Manila University were listed.
The data was collected during the second week of June 2016 from the public profiles of researchers in the Philippines. These profiles are included in the Google Scholar Citations database.
The scientist from UP with the most number of citations was Dr. Lourdes Cruz. A biochemist, she had a total of 11,323 citations for an H-Index of 54.
The H-Index measures the citation impact and productivity of an author?s academic paper or papers. It is based on the author?s most cited papers and the number of citations these have received.
A National Scientist and a biochemist, she has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Iowa. She is an expert in conotoxins and has over 120 scientific papers published.
The most cited scientist from De La Salle was Dr. Raymond Tan. A chemical engineer, he is vice president for research and innovation at DLSU. His forte is process systems engineering and process integration. He has 3687 citations for his academic papers and has an H-Index of 35.
Topping the list for Ateneo was Dr. Gregory Tangonan. He had 3687 citations and an H-Index of 32. An applied physicist with a doctorate from CalTech, he was among the founders of the Ateneo Innovation Center.
The Cybermetrics Book listed other universities and other institutions in the Philippines with scientists whose academic papers were cited by other researchers.
Some of these were University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, Palawan State University, Silliman University, The Manila Times College, and the Asian Institute of Management.
Some of the non-educational institutions were the National Museum of the Philippines, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Manila Observatory, and the National Economic Development Authority or Neda.