Thomson Reuters Announces the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

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    The Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters, announces the release of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” a citation analysis identifying the scientists—as determined by their fellow researchers—who have made the  most significant global impact within their respective field of study.

    The two-part study includes an 11 year assessment of research paper citations to determine the leaders within 21 broad fields of science and a ranking of 2015’s  top scientists or  “hottest researchers,” revealing significant growth in cancer genomics and improvements in converting solar cells into renewable energy.

    The report draws on data and analysis performed by Thomson Reuters IP & and Science bibliometric experts via  InCitesTM Essential Science IndicatorsSM, the world’s leading web-based research analytics platform and a unique compilation of science performance metrics and trend data based on scholarly paper publication counts and citation data from the Web of ScienceTM, the premier web-based environment for scientific and scholarly research.

    The longer-range study, widely known as the Highly Cited Researchers, recognizes nearly 3,000 scientists who published the greatest number of articles ranking among the top one percent by citations received in their respective fields in each paper’s year of publication. Analysts assessed more than 120,000 papers indexed between 2003 and 2013 throughout each area of study.

    The 2015 hottest researchers ranking spotlights the scientific community’s emerging trends and 19 innovators, who recently published at least 14 papers with notably high levels of citations. The list was identified by tabulating citations within the Web of Science recorded during calendar year 2014 for papers published between 2012 and 2014.

    Stacey B. Gabriel of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard tops the list for the second consecutive year for her contributions to the Cancer Genome Atlas project, providing molecular portraits of tumors afflicting the breast, lung and other areas of the body. Her most recent papers examine the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. She is followed by newcomer, Oxford University’s Henry J. Snaith, a physics and material scientist for his work on perovskite solar cells to advance solar energy technology.

    Hottest Researchers of 2015:

    Name Institution Field Number of Hot Papers
    Stacey B. Gabriel Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Genomics 25
    Henry J. Snaith Oxford University Physics/Materials 24
    Christopher J. Murray University of Washington Global Health 22
    Eric S. Lander Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Genomics 21
    Gad Getz Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Genomics 20
    Matthew Meyerson Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Genomics 19
    Michael Grätzel École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Materials 19
    David (Xiong Wen) Lou Nanyang Technological University Chemistry/Materials 19
    Alan D. Lopez University of Melbourne Health Metrics 16
    Theo Vos University of Washington Global Health 16
    Mohammed K. Nazeeruddin École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Materials 16
    Hua Zhang Nanyang Technological University Materials 16
    Mohsen Naghavi University of Washington Global Health 15
    Yang Yang Univ. of California, Los Angeles Materials 15
    Yi Cui Stanford University Materials 15
    Michael S. Lawrence Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Genomics 14
    Scott L. Carter Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Genomics 14
    Kristian Cibulskis Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Genomics 14
    Feng Zhang MIT Biomedical Engineering 14

    “We are pleased to recognize the world’s most influential scientific minds; the innovators forging a path toward a brighter tomorrow,” said Vin Caraher, president Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “Citations serve as strong and reliable indicators of the work scientists judge to be most critical to ongoing global research, thus making the highly-cited researchers and hottest researchers a true reflection of the individuals, institutions and nations that are driving the pace of scientific discovery.”

    Learn more about the findings and methodology.