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Thomson Reuters Publishes List of Most Influential Scientists

Thomson Reuters, the leading company providing information for professional markets, has released a list of the world’s most influential scientific minds. To identify the researchers with the strongest impact in their field of study, Thomson Reuters assessed the most cited papers of the last 11 years in 24 domains of natural and social sciences. The company’s bibliometric experts analyzed science performance metrics from  InCites Essential Science Indicators (ESI), a component of Web of Science.

The list of most influential scientific minds is compiled every year from the Highly Cited Researchers website, which features information from ESI. Among other metrics, Thomson Reuters follows the top 1% most cited papers of each year in every field of study. Some fields have a much larger number of papers and citations than others. For example, Clinical Medicine accounts for 12% of the total database content, whereas Economics & Business represents only 2%. The size of each field was factored into thresholds that determined how many authors to include from each field or how many highly cited papers were necessary for an author to be included in the list.

Contributions varied vastly between countries, with US institutions producing 50% of the cited researchers. The top three most represented affiliations where the University of California, Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health.

The hot papers: looking at the last two years

In addition to the study of the most prominent researchers of the last decade, Thomson Reuters published a list of the 19 more cited researchers in the last two years. These authors are cited immediately after publication, and cover extremely trendy fields and topics.


NameInstitutionFieldNumber of Hot Papers
Stacey B. GabrielBroad Institute of MIT and HarvardGenomics   25
Henry J. SnaithOxford UniversityPhysics/Materials24
Christopher J. MurrayUniversity of WashingtonGlobal Health22
Eric S. LanderBroad Institute of MIT and HarvardGenomics21
Gad GetzBroad Institute of MIT and HarvardGenomics20
Matthew MeyersonBroad Institute of MIT and HarvardGenomics19
Michael GrätzelÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneMaterials19
David (Xiong Wen) LouNanyang Technological UniversityChemistry/Materials19
Alan D. LopezUniversity of MelbourneHealth Metrics16
Theo VosUniversity of WashingtonGlobal Health16
Mohammed K. NazeeruddinÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneMaterials16
Hua ZhangNanyang Technological UniversityMaterials16
Mohsen NaghaviUniversity of WashingtonGlobal Health15
Yang YangUniv. of California, Los AngelesMaterials15
Yi CuiStanford UniversityMaterials15
Michael S. LawrenceBroad Institute of MIT and HarvardGenomics14
Scott L. CarterDana-Farber Cancer InstituteGenomics14
Kristian CibulskisBroad Institute of MIT and HarvardGenomics14
Feng ZhangMITBiomedical Engineering14


Source: Thomson Reuters