The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is proud to announce that one of its academics, Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, has been named one of the Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group.
Biggs, the incumbent of the DSI/NRF Research Chair in Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience, as well as Professors Linus Opara (Agricultural Sciences) and Dave Richardson (Environment and Ecology) are among the 622 most cited researchers.
Opara is the incumbent of the DSI-NRF South African Research Chair in Po stharvest Technology, and Richardson is the Director of the DSI-NRF Centre for Invasion Biology and Professor in the Department of Botany and Zoology.
The highly anticipated list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. The methodology that determines the who's who of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.
According to Prof Ingrid Woolard, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, the faculty is incredibly proud of Prof Biggs. "Oonsie's work is not only academically rigorous; it is highly relevant in working towards a more sustainable future for all the people of southern Africa, and future generations."
David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information said: “Recognition and support of these exceptional researchers represents an important activity for a nation or an institution's plans for efficient and accelerated advancement.
“The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure."
This year's list continues to recognize researchers whose citation records position them in the very highest strata of influence and impact as it includes 23 Nobel laureates, including three announced this year: Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University (Physiology or Medicine), John B. Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin (Chemistry), and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Economics).
Also included are 57 Clarivate Analytics Citation Laureates - individuals who, through citation analysis, we have identified as researchers 'of Nobel class' and potential Nobel Prize recipients.
The key findings for 2019 show:
- This year the list includes 6,217 Highly Cited Researchers in various fields from nearly 60 nations.
- The United States is home to the highest number of Highly Cited Researchers, with 2,737 authors, representing 44% of the researchers on the list. Harvard University, home to 203 researchers is the institution that has the highest concentration of Highly Cited Researchers in the world. California is also a hotbed of talent, with Stanford University (103), and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Diego and Los Angeles are all home to 50+ researchers each.
- Mainland China has seen a huge surge, with 636 researchers named Highly Cited Researchers compared to 482 in 2018. In the main 21 Essential Science Indicator (ESI) categories, there has been a three-fold increase in the number of researchers named since 2014.
- As China increased its share of Highly Cited Researchers, other nations declined. The number of Highly Cited Researchers based at institutions in the United Kingdom has dropped to 517 this year, compared to 546 in 2018. Numbers of Highly Cited Researchers based in Germany and the Netherlands have also fallen.
- This year's list includes 23 Nobel laureates, including three announced this year: Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University (Physiology or Medicine), John B. Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin (Chemistry), and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Economics).
- This year's list of Highly Cited Researchers also includes 57 Citation Laureates; individuals recognized by the Web of Science Group through citation analysis, who are 'of Nobel class' and potential Nobel Prize recipients.
- A total of 3,517 researchers are celebrated for their performance in the 21 ESI fields, and 2,492 for cross-field performance, for a total of 6,009 unique researchers, as some Highly Cited Researchers appear in more than one field. This is the second year that researchers with cross-field impact – those with exceptional broad performance based on high impact papers across several fields – have been identified.
- Of the researchers named as Highly Cited in the 21 ESI fields, 185, or 5%, appear in two ESI categories while an exceptional 11 researchers showed exceptional broad performance by being named as Highly Cited in three categories. They are based all over the globe – in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
- Australian research institutes continue to impress. The number of researchers recognized as Highly Cited has more than tripled in six years, from 80 in 2014 to 271 in 2019, among those selected in one or more of the 21 fields. Australian research institutions appear to have recruited a significant number of Highly Cited Researchers since 2014 as well as increasing their number of homegrown Highly Cited Researchers.
The full 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here
, and the methodology can be found here
- Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, organizes the world's research information to enable academia, corporations, publishers and governments to accelerate the pace of research. It is powered by Web of Science – the world's largest publisher-neutral citation index and research intelligence platform. For more information, please visit www.webofsciencegroup.com.
- Photo by Anton Jordaan: Professor Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs (left) with the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Prof Ingrid Woolard.