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L-R: Professor Paulus Kirchhof, Professor Greg Lip and Professor Laura Piddock.

A global list of the most highly cited researchers has found three academics from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences to be among the most influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe – those who have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade.

Placement on the list has been recognized as a significant achievement for those named and marks an increase on previous years. The Clarivate Analytics Web of Science serves as the basis for regular listings of researchers whose citation records position them in the top 1% by citations for their field and year. 

Eight academics in total from across the University of Birmingham are featured in this year's list. Those included from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences are:

This year’s list continues to recognise researchers whose citation records position them in the very highest strata of influence and impact as it includes 17 Nobel laureates, including two announced this year: James P. Allison, Physiology or Medicine, and William D. Nordhaus, Economic Sciences. Also included are 56 Clarivate Analytics Citation Laureates – individuals who, through citation analysis, have been identified as researchers ‘of Nobel class’ and potential Nobel Prize recipients.

Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Birmingham, said: “I am delighted to see that the impact and quality of our world-changing research is increasingly being recognised by academics around the world. Heartfelt congratulations must go to those named and the teams supporting this important work.”

Annette Thomas, CEO of the Scientific & Academic Research group at Clarivate Analytics warmly congratulated the researchers on their appearance in this year’s list: “Congratulations to your distinguished group of researchers at the University of Birmingham. The advancement of scientific endeavor represents a critical activity for individual research institutions and entire nations.

"The Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list helps to identify the researchers who are having the greatest impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others and that contributes so greatly to extending the frontier and gaining knowledge and innovations for society – contributions that make the world healthier, safer, richer, and more sustainable.”