January 28, 2022

Citation Analysis: Thomson Reuters Releases “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” Report

From Thomson Reuters:

The Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters, has released “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 InCites Essential Science Indicators, 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 Science, 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.

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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
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