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PolyU Maritime School Research Rankings

The Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies (LMS) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has collected data from 9 leading maritime journals to create a database that would provide the top maritime school rankings based on their publications. The LMS has established this web site to provide current data on research productivity across maritime schools.

List of Journals

The journals included in the database are creditable journals from the areas of "Maritime Transportation Economics", "Maritime Management and Logistics", and "Maritime Policy and Law":

Maritime Transport and Economics
Journal of Transport Economics and Policy
Transportation Research Part B: Methodological
Journal of Transport Geography
Maritime Management and Logistics
Accident Analysis and Prevention
International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics
Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Maritime Policy and Law
Maritime Policy and Management
Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice


The LMS has conducted a study on research contributions based on publications in the 9 leading journals from maritime schools. We have classified the institutions as maritime schools when the institution name consists of any one or more of the following words: maritime, shipping, ocean, or marine.

A score of 1 is allocated to a single-authored paper published by a maritime school. For multiple-authored papers, a pro-rata score is allocated in accordance to the affiliation of the authors. For authors with multiple affiliations, each school is provided with a corresponding scaled score.


We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information. However, the nature and divergence of the information may result in inconsistencies. In the event of a discrepancy in the information provided, please send your comment to us.

The PolyU Top 30 Worldwide Maritime School Rankings (2011-2015) are listed as follows:

Rank School/University Articles Score
1 Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies/The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 52 28.776
2 National Taiwan Ocean University 22 15.083
3 Dalian Maritime University 20 13.042
4 Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp/University of Antwerp 25 11.347
5 Department of Maritime Studies/University of Piraeus 14 9.417
6 Division of Infrastructure Systems and Maritime Studies, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Nanyang Technological University 12 9.000
7 Department of Logistics and Shipping Management/Kainan University 14 8.000
8 Department of Shipping Trade and Transport/University of the Aegean 14 7.333
9 Australian Maritime College/University of Tasmania 8 6.750
10 Shanghai Jiao Tong University 13 6.417
11 Graduate School of Maritime Sciences/Kobe University 8 6.000
12 World Maritime University 9 5.300
13 Department of Commerce, Finance and Shipping, Faculty of Management and Economics/Cyprus University of Technology 7 5.167
14 Faculty of Maritime/Istanbul Technical University 7 4.667
15 National Kaohsiung Marine University 8 4.583
16 Liverpool Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute/Liverpool John Moores University 9 4.560
17 Shanghai Maritime University 11 4.456
18 Delft University of Technology 6 3.625
19 Department of Marine Technology/Norwegian University of Science and Technology 6 3.583
20 Plymouth University 6 3.200
21 School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering/National Technical University of Athens 3 2.500
22-23 Ghent University 3 2.333
22-23 School of Marine Science and Technology/Newcastle University 3 2.333
24 Centre for Maritime Studies/National University of Singapore 9 2.292
25-26 Department of Shipping and Marine Technology/Chalmers University of Technology 3 2.000
25-26 Karadeniz Technical University 3 2.000
27 Department of Maritime Administration/Texas A&M University at Galveston 4 1.917
28 Korea Maritime Law Association 4 1.833
29 Antwerp Maritime Academy 7 1.542
30 Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics/Erasmus University Rotterdam 2 1.333


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The database contains author affiliation and information on papers published by maritime related (i.e., shipping, ocean and marine) institutions since 2009. The files can be downloaded via the following links: