CAPRISA researchers & research associates among the world's most highly cited researchers

29 November 2018

Professors Salim Abdool Karim, Lynn Morris, Bruce Walker and Dan Barouch are in the list of the world’s most highly cited researchers published this week by the Web of Science’s Clarivate Analytics. The list includes 6,078 scientists – 4,058 scientists for outstanding contributions in one of 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences while 2,020 scientists for having exceptional performance across multiple fields.

Only 10 South African scientists (primary affiliation in South Africa) are on the list. By university affiliation, there are 3 scientists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), 2 in each of University of Stellenbosch (US), University of Pretoria (UP) and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and 1 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). 

This year’s list includes 17 Nobel laureates, including two of this year’s prize winners. More than 40% (n=2,639) of the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers are from the United States. The second ranked country is the United Kingdom with 546 (9.0%) of the listed researchers, followed by China with 482 (7.9%) of the researchers.

Clarivate Analytics, which is part of the Web of Science, produced this 2018 annual list of the world’s most influential researchers by citations in the sciences and social sciences. Researchers are included in this list based on their exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science for the period 2006 to 2016. An alternate criterion for selection is a citation count to highly cited papers that ranks a researcher in the top 1% by citations in a field of research for the period 2006-2016.

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