Birzeit University Scientific Knowledge, Research Publications Significantly Visible at ResearchGate
Birzeit University has made a big leap forward in the number of research publications and registered researchers, academics and students on Research Gate website- the world’s largest social network for academics to create their own profiles and list their publications.584 professors, researchers and students from Birzeit University are now members at the ResearchGate, most of them are from the Department of Architectural engineering, science and computer science. The university also has 337 research publications on the website most of them are uploaded by the Institute of Community and Public Health, the Departments of Physics and Chemistry. Research Gate provides a new way for scholars to disseminate their publications and hence maximize the academic impact of their publications and uses a composite ranking formula to evaluate universities, combining numerous criteria that include “RG Score”: a metric that measures scientific reputation bas on how researches are received by others, in addition to “Impact Point” which counts the number of hits on each publication. In this context, Birzeit University got 1290 in RG Score and 1026 points in the impact point ranking, which made it in the frontline of the Palestinian universities. ResearchGate was founded in 2008 by the physicians Dr. Ijad Madisch and Dr. Sören Hofmayer along with computer specialist Horst Fickenscher. Four years later, more than two million researchers have signed up to the network. Through ResearchGate users can publish their findings, distribute them worldwide, and make a name for themselves on a relevant, widely used online platform.