May 20, 2022

Citation Analysis: Thomson Reuters Releases Rankings of the Hottest Research Papers of 2011

Thomson Reuters is the publisher of the Web of Knowledge/Web of Science database.

From Highlights/News Release (via TR News Release)

This year’s group of 15 Hottest Researchers each contributed to at least 10 Hot Papers, covering key areas such as genetics, cardiology, epidemiology and cancer research. Eric S. Lander of The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard topped the list of most influential researchers for the second year straight, recording 14 Hot Papers in 2011. This was Lander’s eighth year on the list. He was followed by Salim Yusuf of McMaster University and Michael R. Stratton of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, both of whom recorded 13 Hot Papers in 2011. The most highly cited individual paper published in 2011, “Seven-Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Observations: Cosmological Interpretations,” by E. Komatsu, of The University of Texas at Austin, et al. received a total of 564 citations during the year.

  •  Genetics is Hottest Field of Study
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Produces Most Hot Researchers
  • The Journal Nature Published Greatest Number of Highly Cited Papers in 2011

Direct to Rankings (Articles and Lists via ScienceWatch)

via ScienceWatch

Once again, ScienceWatch takes its annual look back at the hottest of recent research. Listed in the adjoining table are the researchers who, according to citations tracked during 2011, recorded the highest numbers of Hot Papers published over the preceding two years. Also listed are the papers published during 2011 (excluding reviews) that were most cited by year’s end.

Direct to Hottest Research Papers

Direct to List of Scientists with Multiple Hot Research Papers

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