New ideas are a commodity in the knowledge economy, and they are produced every day across the University of Tennessee. Combined with education and training, that innovation is helping boost the growth of the state of Tennessee’s research profile as announced in a report that analyzes the strength of research in the United States.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) and Elsevier, a company that publishes and provides research information and tools, this week released “America’s Knowledge Economy: A State by State Review,” which hails Tennessee’s growth in research impact. The report was shared with state officials, academic institutions and stakeholder organizations and is meant to inform states about how to best fund research initiatives. Various metrics, including an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed publications, were used to determine the strengths and growth in each state.
Tennessee had the top growth rate among states with an above-average growth in citation impact, according to the report. Tennessee’s field-weighted citation impact grew from 1.54 in 2004 to 1.76 in 2013. The report also found Tennessee’s highest impact was in energy, ranking third among all states and being cited 42 percent more than the U.S. average. The state ranked eighth among states in growth of research publications.