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Clarivate Analytics Rolls Out 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List
Clarivate Analytics released its fifth annual Highly Cited Researchers list highlighting influential researchers (and their institutions) whose papers rank in the top 1% of citations for their field and year over the past decade. Sourced from the Web of Science, the list added a new cross-field category this year for “researchers with substantial influence in several fields but who do not have enough highly cited papers in any one field to be chosen,” according to David Pendlebury, senior citation analyst at Clarivate Analytics.
Key findings from the list include the following:
- The United States is home to the highest number of HCRs [highly cited researchers], with 2,639 authors. The United Kingdom boasts 546. China (mainland) is gaining fast with 482. Harvard University keeps its pole position on the list.
- [A]pproximately 2,000 additional researchers have also been identified as having exceptional performance based on high impact papers in several fields. Nations or regions with more than 40% of their Highly Cited Researchers selected in the cross-field category are Sweden (53%), Austria (53%), Singapore (47%), Denmark (47%), China (43%) and South Korea (42%).
- Australian research institutes continue to impress; the number of researchers recognized as Highly Cited has more than doubled in four years, from 80 in 2014 to 170 in 2018, among those selected in one or more of the 21 fields. Australian research institutions appear to have recruited a significant number of HCRs since 2014 as well as increasing their number of homegrown HCRs.
- Governmental research institutions also feature prominently with the US National Institutes of Health, the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research, appearing second in the list of Highly Cited Researchers. The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Society also both feature in the top 10.
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