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Foundation: 1879

Mission: The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

Vision: USGS is a world leader in the natural sciences through our scientific excellence and responsiveness to society's needs.

History: pubs.usgs.gov


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Research percentile


Innovation percentile


Societal percentile

Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Government sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldNorthern AmericaOECDUnited States
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 116th46th91st44th
Arts and Humanities 314th134th281st120th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 783rd442nd706th411th
Chemistry 519th267th440th252nd
Computer Science 550th234th449th211th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 73rd24th46th24th
Energy 445th161st334th147th
Engineering 551st248th454th228th
Environmental Science 61st16th36th16th
Mathematics 376th131st282nd123rd
Medicine 599th323rd549th300th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 756th365th658th334th
Physics and Astronomy 547th247th476th233rd
Social Sciences 437th156th369th135th
Veterinary 303rd97th242nd85th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatión allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

Where is the institution located?

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