Measure what matters

We benchmark the London Institute by the quality of our published research papers, which we are increasing each year by a factor of √2.

At the London Institute, we have one focus: making fundamental discoveries. The official record of our discoveries is the papers we publish, which allow others to build on and apply our work. Each paper is the result of many months of research, so we make a special effort to make them clear, beautiful and inspirational, and publish them in the most prestigious journals appropriate.

There is no perfect guide to the importance of papers. We use the best one we know of: the source normalized impact per publication. This accounts for differences in citation practices between fields. It lets us compare mathematics journals, which tend to have fewer citations per paper, with physics journals, which tend to have more, with general science journals, which have more still.

Benchmarking the London Institute by the quality of our papers keeps us on mission, at a time when it’s easy to get distracted by virtue signalling and outreach. Our goal for the foreseeable future is to double our SNIP points every two years. In 2021, our target is 28 SNIP points. In 2022, it is 40 points, and in 2023 it’s 56.

Judge us by our papers.