One of the most important tasks for the development of academic institutions has to do with research. Given this situation, the evaluation group SCImago created the SIR 2010 Ibero-American Ranking, which lists the leading universities in this area. Universidad de Chile ranked ninth on this list and first among Chilean universities with over 7,000 publications, thus proving its level in the field.
On this occasion SCImago ranked the University of Sao Paulo first in Ibero-America, with 37,952 publications. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) also represented the country in the ranking, taking 13th place, while the Universidad de Concepción (UDEC) was 24th.
The annual list noted that the Universidad de Chile undertook 44.68% of its research with help from international researchers and that 44% of that information had been published in international scientific journals.
Likewise, it was noted that the PUC had made 4,746 publications, of which 41.89% included foreign collaborators. For its part, the UDEC totaled 3,000 publications.
The ranking also includes another three Chilean institutions: the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Usach), in 52nd place with 1,294 publications, the Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) in 128th place with 333 papers and the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) in 156th place with 277.
For the creation of its list SCImago considered research that had been undertaken at 607 Ibero-American universities and institutions of higher education between 2003 and 2008.