A recent article looks at scientific research competitiveness of world universities in computer science, examining at individual university computer science departments as well countries as aggregates of their universities.
The study looks at 233 university computer science departments, 127418 published papers, 468244 citations, 1856 highly cited papers and 57 hot papers over the last 10 years using data from Thomson.
The evaluation criteria are (see the paper for more details):
Canada as an aggregate region came in #4 after the USA, UK, Germany, followed by Italy. Canada had the third highest paper production, citations, and "hot" papers!
For individual universities, only one Canadian university is in the top 23, with University of Toronto coming in at 16th. You can see the top 23 universities listed below:
- Canada: 23 x10-3 CS papers per capita (7520 papers / 33,390,141 pop.)
- USA: 17 x10-3 CS papers per capita (51221 papers / 301,139,947 pop.)
- UK: 14 x10-3 CS papers per capita (8569 papers / 60,776,238 pop.)
- Italy: 10 x10 -3 CS papers per capita (6160 papers / 58,147,733 pop.)
- Germany: 8 x10-3 CS papers per capita (6779 papers / 82,400,996 pop.)
While this data is from a peer-reviewed journal article, these results and these metrics should be viewed cautiously, perhaps even with a little salt... ;-)
Ma, R., Ni, C., Qiu, J. (2008). Scientific research competitiveness of world universities in computer science. Scientometrics, 76(2), 245-260. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-007-1913-7