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24 UMN Faculty Named on 2020 Highly Cited Researchers List

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A newly released list indicates a number of University of Minnesota faculty are among the most influential researchers in their fields.

Twenty-four current UMN researchers are named in the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list, published today by insight and analytics firm Clarivate Analytics. The international list recognizes researchers who published multiple highly cited papers during the last decade, and whose citation records place them in the top 1 percent of citation counts for field and publication year according to Clarivate’s Web of Science citation index.

Citations are one way to measure how published research informs future research in a field and helps to inspire new lines of scientific inquiry. High citation counts demonstrate that a researcher’s work has been frequently referenced by their peers and suggests that it may also have contributed substantially to advancing knowledge in their field.

“In the race for knowledge, it is human capital that is fundamental and this list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers who are having a great impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others,” said David Pendlebury, senior citation analyst at Clarivate’s Institute for Scientific Information.

While Clarivate's list highlights some of the University's most influential researchers in their fields, it does not capture all of them and should not be considered exhaustive. The methodology Clarivate's Web of Science uses to gauge citation counts can exclude the work of some highly cited researchers, such as those whose research spans multiple academic disciplines. Other high-profile platforms for gauging citation counts, such as Google Scholars, follow different methodologies and will show different results.

UMN Researchers on the List

Name Discipline College/Center
Scott Thomas Bates Plant pathology College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Bruce Blazar Pediatrics (Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation) Medical School
Elizabeth Borer Ecology, evolution, and behavior College of Biological Sciences
Jeannine Cavender-Bares Ecology, evolution, and behavior College of Biological Sciences
Lawrence Edwards Earth and environmental sciences College of Science and Engineering
James Gerber Global Landscapes Initiative Institute on the Environment
Ashley Haase Microbiology and immunology Medical School
Sarah Hobbie Ecology, evolution, and behavior College of Biological Sciences
Forest Isbell Ecology, evolution, and behavior College of Biological Sciences
Bertram Kasiske Medicine Medical School
Alexander Khoruts Gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition Medical School
Dan Knights Computer science and engineering College of Science and Engineering
Robert Krueger Psychology College of Liberal Arts
Tony Low Electrical and computer engineering College of Science and Engineering
David Masopust Microbiology and immunology Medical School
Stephen Polasky Applied economics College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Peter Reich Forest resources College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
David Tilman Ecology, evolution, and behavior College of Biological Sciences
Donald Truhlar Chemistry College of Science and Engineering
Kamil Ugurbil Radiology Medical School
Vaiva Vezys Microbiology and immunology Medical School
Daniel Voytas Genetics, cell biology, and development College of Biological Sciences
Paul West Global Landscapes Initiative Institute on the Environment
Essa Yacoub Radiology Medical School

 

See the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers report for details on methodology and insights into global trends.

This post has been updated to include two researchers erroneously omitted from the previous version. 

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a writer with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

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