May 17, 2022

Bibliometrics: Clarivate Analytics Releases 2017 Highly Cited Researchers List

From Clarivate:

Clarivate Analytics today released its publication of its annual Highly Cited Researchers list. 

The citation analysis identifies the most frequently cited researchers as determined by the extent to which their papers have supported, influenced, inspired and challenged other researchers around the globe. It identifies authors who have consistently won peer approval from international researchers in the form of high citation counts.


Key findings show:

  • More than 3,300 Highly Cited Researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences. 130,000 papers aligned to 900 institutions were selected this year.
  • The USA fields the highest number of authors, at 1,644, a 12% increase on the 2016 listing. The UK ranks second with almost 344 entries.
  • China is gaining fast, in third place, with the highest increase of any nation, showing a 41% jump to 249 authors.
  • Several authors -147 in fact – are credited for Highly Cited Papers in more than one field of research.  Twenty authors appear in three fields.
  • Finland (25%) & Singapore (21%), whilst their respective overall totals of authors listed are <30, also posted notable percentage increases since 2016.
  • In terms of notable institutions on the list:
  1. Harvard UniversityUSA tops the institutional table with 109 entries, followed by,
  2. Stanford University, USA  has 64
  3. Germany’s Max Planck Society, lists 47 authors
  4. The Chinese Academy of Science boasts 44 entries

The two-part study also spotlights a ranking of Hot Papers that quickly accumulate a high number of citations soon after publication. The list of emerging research trends features 21 researchers who, since 2014, have each published at least 14 Hot Papers, according to citations tallied as of December 2016.

Michael Grätzel of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and Henry J. Snaith of Oxford University, UK share the top spot with 29 Hot Papers for multiple fields of research.


The methodology that determines the who’s who of researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from Clarivate Analytics.  It uses Essential Science Indicators, 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 of scientific and scholarly research literature totaling over 33,000 journals.

The 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list can be seen in its entirety at

Read the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers report, featuring the Hottest Papers and the researchers behind them.

Direct to Complete HCR Announcement

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