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‘Highly Cited Researchers’ list includes nine from ORNL

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 20, 2019 – Nine scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list released by the Web of Science Group.

The list identifies scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top one percent by citations for their field and year of publication over the last decade, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.

"This recognition exemplifies the leading contributions the laboratory's scientists are making to the community of science and the importance of that research in fields such as chemical, biological, environmental and materials sciences," ORNL Deputy Director for Science and Technology Michelle Buchanan said.

This year's listing includes the following researchers from ORNL.

  • Sheng Dai of the Chemical Sciences Division
  • Colleen Iversen of the Environmental Sciences Division
  • Peter Maksymovych of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
  • David Mandrus, joint faculty with the University of Tennessee
  • Michael McGuire of the Materials Science and Technology Division
  • Richard Norby of the Environmental Sciences Division
  • Peter Thornton of the Environmental Sciences Division;
  • Gerald Tuskan, director of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation
  • Jiaqiang Yan of the Materials Science and Technology Division.

The list of influential researchers draws on data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.

“The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that significantly extends the frontiers of knowledge,” said David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information. “These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”

The full 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here, and the methodology can be found here.

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