Scientist Rankings in Environment & Ecology, 1997-2007

June 2008

The data below were extracted from Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM database. This database, currently covering the period January 1997 to December 2007, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Thomson Reuters journal-to-category field definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Naturally, scientists publishing large numbers of papers have a greater likelihood of collecting more citations than scientists publishing fewer papers. This ranking is by total citations. For articles with multiple authors, each author receives full, not fractional, citation credit. Another ranking could be based on citations per paper, which reveals weighted impact.

Ranked by total citations. Data from Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM, 1997-2007.

Rank Scientist Papers Citations Citations
Per
Paper
1 TILMAN, G. David
University of Minnesota,
St. Paul, MN, USA
65 5,771 88.78
2 GIESY, John P.
Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI, USA
184 5,196 28.24
3 VITOUSEK, Peter M.
Stanford University,
Stanford, CA, USA
78 5,013 64.27
4 JONES, Kevin C.
University of Lancaster,
Lancaster, UK
213 4,726 22.19
5 REICH, Peter B.
University of Minnesota,
St. Paul, MN, USA
108 4,519 41.84
6 CHAPIN, F. Stuart
University of Alaska,
Fairbanks, AK, USA
96 4,366 45.48
7 KANNAN, Kurunthachalam
Wadsworth Center,
New York State Dept. of Health,
and University at Albany, Albany, NY, USA
140 3,893 27.81
8 SUMPTER, John P.
Brunel University,
Uxbridge, UK
36 3,632 100.89
9 LAWTON, John H.
National Environment Research Council,
Swindon, UK
37 3,618 97.78
10 LOREAU, Michel
McGill University,
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
57 3,397 59.60

A survey of the research interests of these scientists reveals some major themes: biodiversity, population dynamics, ecosystem functioning and the impact of man, global climate change, conservation biology, and ecotoxicology including the environmental effects of organic contaminants (Giesy, Jones, and Kannan). Essential Science Indicators lists authors ranked in the top 1% for a field over a given period, based on total citations. For the current version, 2,800 authors are listed in the field of environment/ecology, meaning that a total of approximately 280,000 authors’ records were reviewed to obtain these results

Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters.

This item also appeared in the Times Higher Education magazine, reprinted with their permission.

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