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UCL academics named in global list of influential researchers

19 November 2019

Forty-five academics are included in Clarivate’s ‘Highly Cited Researchers 2019’ list, which recognises authors of the most influential research papers around the world.

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The results are comparable with university peers such as Oxford (55 researchers recognised), Cambridge (53) and Imperial College London (34) and represent an increase since last year, when 41 UCL researchers were recognised.

UCL researchers were present in nine of the 17 academic fields listed, namely: Neuroscience & Behaviour; Environment/Ecology; Space Science; Molecular Biology & Genetics; Social Sciences; Psychiatry/Psychology; Pharmacology & Toxicology; Geosciences and Cross-Field.

UCL also has a high number of researchers (22) recognised in the ‘Cross-Field’ category, reflecting UCL’s engagement with cross-disciplinary activity.

Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), said: “Inclusion in this list is a significant achievement and demonstrates those researchers’ global influence. It also reflects well on those professional staff across the university who have contributed to these researchers’ success.

 “Those named include a large number of ‘cross-field’ researchers, reflecting our university’s excellence in cross-disciplinary research.”

Now in its sixth year, the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list identifies influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe – scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication.

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information, which provided the data and analysis for the list, said: “The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that significantly extends the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”

One of the researchers on the list, Professor Jane Wardle, passed away in 2015. Her research and achievements are recognised here.

Listed UCL researchers

Molecular Biology & Genetics: Professor Charles Swanton

Cross-Field: Professor Bart De Strooper, Professor Glyn Lewis, Professor Angelos Michaelidis, Professor Andrew Phillips, Professor Anthony Schapira, Professor Liam Smeeth, Professor Andrew Steptoe, Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla, Professor Sarah Walker, Professor Andrew Lees, Dr Dimitri Mikhailidis, Professor Helen Cross, Dr Javier Herrero, Professor Kenneth Harris, Mr Martin Shipley, Dr Matthew Botvinick, Dr Nicholas McGranahan, Professor Thomas Foltynie, Professor Tim Blackburn, Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, Dr Jane Ferrie, Professor Jane Wardle  

Environment & Ecology: Professor Dame Georgina Mace

Geosciences: Professor Julienne Stroeve

Neuroscience & Behaviour: Professor David Attwell, Professor Nick Fox, Professor Karl Friston, Professor John Hardy, Professor David Miller, Professor Martin Rossor, Professor Frederik Barkhof, Professor Henrik Zetterberg, Professor Timothy Behrens

Pharmacology & Toxicology: Dr Alvaro Goyanes, Professor Abdul Basit, Professor Simon Gaisford, Professor Geoffrey Burnstock

Psychiatry/Psychology and Social Sciences: Professor Susan Michie

Psychiatry & Psychology: Professor Chris Brewin

Social Sciences: Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor Mika Kivimaki, Professor Patrick Royston, Professor Mark Hamer

Space Science: Professor Richard Ellis


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