East and west coast universities captured the top slots for "highest impact" research in the physical sciences, according to rankings in the November/December issue of ScienceWatch. The Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia ranks institutions based on "relative citation impact," calculated by taking the average number of citations per paper for a university over 5 years and comparing it to the world average in the same field.
|1||UC Santa Barbara||Harvard||Columbia||Princeton||UC Santa Barbara|
|2||Univ. of Chicago||Caltech||Harvard||UC Santa Cruz||Caltech|
|3||Harvard||UC Santa Barbara||Univ. of Washington, Seattle||UC Berkeley||Northwestern|