(November 30th, 2017) They are the cream of the crop in their respective fields – measured by citations. Clarivate Analytics has revealed this year's “Highly-Cited Researchers”.
It's almost December - the perfect time to look back on past achievements, isn't it? Earlier this month, bibliometric experts, Clarivate Analytics, kicked off the annual end-of-year-list shenanigans with their “Highly-Cited Researchers” list, or in more flowery terms the “World's most influential scientific minds” list.
To get on this list, scientists must, in the past 11 years, have published papers that have ranked in the top 1% most-cited papers in their disciplines. Or, as Clarivate puts it, the list “identifies authors, who have consistently won peer approval from international researchers in the form of high citation counts”. And there are quite a lot of researchers, who meet these conditions. More than 3,500 researchers from 21 fields of science made the cut.
Almost half of these highly-cited researchers are based in the US. In second place, with 344 entries, is the UK. Both nations increased their share of authors compared to last year's list – 13% and 12 %, respectively. Considering the current political situations (anti-science attitude in the US and Brexit consequences in the UK) it remains to be seen whether the two countries will be able to defend their “influential” positions. Also among this year's winners is Finland, which was able to place six more researchers on the list compared to last year, an increase of more than 20%.
Who are some of the more than 3,000 highly-cited researchers? In the Biology and Biochemistry category, for instance, Ruedi Aebersold (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich), Dario Alessi (University Dundee) and Sandra Orchard (European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton) belong to the world's citation elite. In Immunology, influential minds are Cezmi Akdis (University Zürich), Andreas Diefenbach (Charite Medical University Berlin), Hergen Spits (University Amsterdam) and Brigitta Stockinger (Francis Crick Institute, London). In Plant and Animal Science, papers by Andre Aptroot (Natuurmonumenten, Netherlands), Eva-Mari Aro (University Turku) and Urmas Koljalg (University Tartu) won a significant amount of “peer approval”.
In the latter category, The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich pops up four times, with Jonathan Jones, Sophien Kamoun, Joe Win and Cyril Zipfel making the elitist list. “The Sainsbury Laboratory is home to some of the world’s most talented scientists, as this list clearly shows. We’re proud that we enable scientists to perform at such a high level and encourage excellence in everything that we do,” Zipfel, Head of the TSL, said in a press release.
Cardiologist, John McMurry from the University of Glasgow, is equally “delighted to be included in the 2017 list. Glasgow has become an internationally recognised centre for cardiovascular research, and this is further recognition of the status we’ve gained over the last few decades”, he said.