Thomson Reuters Launches Fourth Annual Metrics Mania to Crown King of Collegiate Scientific Research

Unique competition measures research impact of 68 American universities participating in March Madness, the national college basketball tournament

Mar 14, 2016, 17:13 ET from Thomson Reuters

PHILADELPHIA, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for a little more academic rigor on the road to the Final Four? The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for business, professionals, scientists and researchers, today announced the launch of the fourth annual Metrics Mania, a unique competition designed to measure the research impact of American universities.

The competition, commonly referred to as March Madness for the time of year it occurs, takes the field of 68 teams that qualify for the Division 1 NCAA men's basketball tournament and uses the current year's bracket to pit the schools against one another in a contest of another kind: to find out who is the most influential producer of scientific research. In 2015, Harvard knocked off Duke in the finals. Previous winners include Stanford (2014) and the University of California Berkeley (2013).

Winners will be identified by research derived from Thomson Reuters InCites™, the leading web-based research analytics platform enabling institutions to measure research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels.

Fans are invited to submit brackets with their predictions of the winners starting Monday, March 14.

Those who submit brackets will be awarded one point for each correct guess. The final deadline for bracket submission is 3:00 p.m. ET, Friday, March 18. Three "early bird" bonus points will be awarded to participants that submit by 5:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, March 16.

At the conclusion of the contest, the following prizes will be awarded to each of the entrants with the most points in addition to other prizes:

  • Top entrant - Apple iPad Mini 2 (in addition to $100 Amazon Gift Card)
  • Top 4 entrants (The Final Four) - $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • Top 5-10 entrants - $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • School Spirit Award - $5 Amazon Gift Card awarded to each participant
  • #1 Fan – 50 Amazon Gift Card

"March Madness is about to take the country by storm, and while Duke will look to defend their basketball crown, they're seeking redemption in Metrics Mania after falling to Harvard in the finals last year," said Jessica Turner, global head of Government & Academia at Thomson Reuters. "This year there are a record 460,000 Division 1 student athletes, and only a select few will go on to a career in sports. As an industry leader in evaluating the performance and impact of an institution's research program, Thomson Reuters InCites offers a unique perspective to see which schools are giving their students an inside edge when it comes to being part of a leading culture of science."

Metrics Mania fans can follow the game with the latest updates on the InCites Twitter Feed - @InCites_TR and @TR_ScienceWatch, hashtag #metricsmania. View the official Metrics Mania bracket.

Learn more about InCites.

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