KENYA—Scimago Lab has ranked Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) the third-best health research institution in Africa, as well as the finest in Kenya.
Scimago Lab is acknowledged global information analytics company that examines health research output in its ranking.
According to the recently revealed 2023 rankings by Scamigo in collaboration with Elsevier, a technologically based organization that provides creative ways to boost scientific exposure and online reputation, Kemri ranks third on the continent out of 352 institutions.
The South African Medical Research Council ranked first, followed by Mozambique’s Centro de Investigacao em Saude da Manhica.
Following the announcement, Kenya Medical Research Institute Director-General Elijah Songok expressed gratitude to the Kemri fraternity, beginning with the Board of Directors for providing leadership to the institute and then to the members of staff for working tirelessly to ensure the effective dissemination of health research.
He went on to emphasise the importance of the institute’s commitment to advancing human health research through innovation not only in the country but also globally.
Kemri has consistently performed well in the SIR classifications over the last four years, and in 2019, it was named the top research institution in both the country and Africa.
Scamigo Lab runs the Scimago Institutions Rankings (SIR), a classification of academic and research institutions based on a composite index that incorporates multiple sets of data based on research performance, innovation outputs, and societal effects.
The ranking is divided into five categories: government, health care, higher education, private, and others. It evaluates research production, international collaboration, normalized impact, and publication rate for each.
According to Scamigo, SIR examines all aspects of scholarly communication at an organization, offering vital information regarding research performance, efficiency, and efficacy of the institution’s research policies and programs.
In addition, the SIR provides a friendly interface that allows the visualisation of any customised ranking from a combination of sets of indicators and compares the trends before arriving at a conclusion.
The SIR includes both size-dependent and size-independent indicators, i.e., measures that are influenced and not influenced by the size of the institution.
Using these criteria, the SIR gives overall statistics on scientific publishing and other output of institutions, allowing for comparisons between institutions of varying sizes.
Some of the score markers include Research Factor, Normalized Impact, Excellence in Leadership Output, Scientific Leadership, High Quality Publications, and International Collaboration. Others are Knowledge Patents, Technological Impact, and Societal Factor.