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Thirty-five current UA faculty members named among world’s top 2% of scientists

12/15/2021

Thirty-five current UA faculty members named among world’s top 2% of scientists

Based on recent study published by Stanford University

The 51Թ has 35 current faculty members that are in the top 2% of scientists.

A recently published list of the world’s top scientists has reinforced The 51Թ’s reputation as a leading national research university. Fifty current and former UA researchers were included in the career ranking (Table 1) of the world’s most cited researchers and those who are among the top 2% of more than six million scientists worldwide within their specialty areas throughout their careers. Twenty-four of these researchers remain active at the University. Additionally, 38 (21 still active) researchers were among the top 2% for a single year 2019 (Table 2) and 36 researchers (22 still active) were among the top 2% for a single year 2020 (Table 3).

The impact of scientific research is often measured by citations—how many times a researchers’ work is cited by another scientific paper, which are essentially the retweets of the scientific community. To set up a gold standard of using citation metrics, a group of researchers at Stanford University recently conducted a worldwide ranking of scientists in different fields. This study resulted in the creation of the ranking by analyzing data collected from 1996 to 2020, covering more than six million scientists in 22 major fields and 176 subfields.

John P.A. Ioannidis, Ph.D., and his colleagues created a comprehensive database of more than 100,000 of the most-cited scientists across all scientific fields, the top researchers who have authored at least five scientific papers. This top 2% were assigned a composite citation score or “c-score” based on standardized citation indicators, which include numbers of citations, a commonly used metric known as “h-index” which reflects an individual’s research output, co-authorship and a composite indicator for career-long impact.

The study was published in the Public Library of Science Biology journal: “.”

“UA has a very productive group of scholars over the past 25 years as well as more recently in the past two years—Stanford’s new report confirms that,” said Dr. Phil Allen, acting vice president research and business engagement.

Commenting on these notable achievements, UA President Gary L. Miller said, “It’s an honor to have 35 faculty members on the Stanford Top Two Percent list. This is an aspect of the Akron academic experience that’s important for our students to understand. They are learning, working, and often co-authoring, with some of the very best researchers in the world whose work is being cited by many other scholars in the field.”

“This is an aspect of the Akron academic experience that’s important for our students to understand. They are learning, working, and often co-authoring, with some of the very best researchers in the world whose work is being cited by many other scholars in the field.”

— Gary L. Miller, UA President