Wits has a proud history of research excellence dating back to its origins in 1922 as a mining school.
This focus on science and technology has been maintained, but simultaneously the institution has seen a growth of research activity in the broad fields of humanities, social sciences and health sciences.
Over the last five years (2013-2017), according to Clarivate Analytics data the relative impact of Wits research when compared to global average shows that Wits has produced better than average in the broad fields of Humanities, Medical and Health Science, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.
In this five year period Wits authors have published 9659 peer reviewed research publications in Web of Science (ISI) indexed journals or books. Collectively these have attracted 47203 citation.
In a 37 year period (1980 to 2017) Wits has produced over 40 498 Web of Science publications that have been cited more than 530 322 times with Category Normailised Citation Impact of 1.16 (the global average is 1). Over this time period 70% of papers produced were cited by others.