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Report Highlights Strength of Minnesota’s Academic Research

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When it comes to research, Minnesota publishes more — and gets cited more  — than the national average.

report released today by academic publisher Elsevier in conjunction with the Council of State Governments highlights Minnesota’s research strengths as part of a larger comparison of research performance across the nation. The report, “America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review,” lauds public research universities as crucial contributors to the knowledge economy —advances in knowledge and technology that drive innovation, attract jobs and foster economic growth.

According to the report, the impact of academic research in Minnesota exceeds the national average for nearly all fields of study. Minnesota ranks third in the nation for the number of publications produced per $1 million spent on research and has the highest number of publications per capita in the Midwest.

The report also highlighted medicine as the field Minnesota  research impacts most, noting that almost 27 percent of the state’s research pertains to the medical sector — the highest of any state — and its medical research is cited 32 percent more than the national average.

As the state’s largest research university, the University of Minnesota plays an integral role in Minnesota’s academic research and knowledge creation. The U ranks ninth among public universities in research spending, with more than $850 million in research expenditures, and it generates an estimated $8.6 billion annual economic impact for Minnesota.

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a writer with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

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