Influential Minds: Presenting Highly Cited Researchers

June 2014

Spotlighting some of the standout researchers of the last decade, Thomson Reuters has launched Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. Deriving from InCites Essential Science Indicators, a subset of the Web of Science, Highly Cited Researchers presents more than 3,000 authors in 21 main fields of science and the social sciences. These researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication—between 2002 and 2012. Thus, the listings of Highly Cited Researchers feature authors whose published work in their specialty areas has consistently been judged by peers to be of particular significance and utility.

This new compilation of Highly Cited Researchers updates a previous site, originally known as ISIHighlyCited, first launched in 2001. The older collection identified researchers according to total citations to their work. This time, Thomson Reuters analysts decided on a different approach, relying, as noted, on the Highly Cited Papers compiled by Essential Science Indicators.

The listings at the Highly Cited Researchers site can be searched by researchers’ first and last names, by primary and secondary institutional affiliations, and by main subject category.

REPORT: The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

In addition to the website, the Highly Cited Researchers listings have also been collected in a special report. This version includes a further selection of distinguished names: the annual ScienceWatch selection of “Hottest Researchers,” determined by the number of Hot Papers published over the preceding two years. In the latest selection, based on Hot Papers tracked according to citations accrued during 2013, genomics is the notably hot field, bringing 12 of the 17 featured scientists to the list. Several authors from the previous roundup of Hottest Researchers return to the new list, including Richard K. Wilson and three colleagues from Washington University in St. Louis, and Eric S. Lander and six collaborators from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

The remaining five authors of the 17, meanwhile, published Hot Papers in cardiology, materials, and engineering.

To see the full report on Influential Scientific Minds and the selection of the year’s Hottest Researchers, click here.

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