Carolina is the highest-ranked U.S. university in the world for coronavirus research, according to a Microsoft Academic rating system based on how often other researchers cited articles written by the University’s faculty members.
The University ranks No. 8 in saliency, surpassed in the U.S. only by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (No. 2) and the National Institutes of Health (No. 5). The top worldwide institution is the University of Hong Kong.
The “saliency” ranking is particularly relevant because it goes beyond the mere accounting of citations, according to the Microsoft Academic website. Saliency “imposes weighting on each citation based on the factors of the citing sources, including the reputation and the age of each citation.”