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Seven ORNL scientists among world’s most cited researchers

Seven scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named among the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list, according to Clarivate, a data analytics firm that specializes in scientific and academic research.

Clarivate’s Web of Science is a scientific publication indexing platform that connects researchers to more than 100 years of academic literature from thousands of journals.

“This recognition reinforces the commitment ORNL scientists have toward advancing research across many fields and shows global leadership and influence on the scientific community," said Michelle Buchanan, ORNL deputy director for science and technology.

The ORNL researchers named to the list are:

  • Miaofang Chi, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
  • Sheng Dai, Chemical Sciences Division
  • Colleen Iversen, Environmental Sciences Division
  • Richard Norby, retired, Environmental Sciences Division
  • Peter Thornton, Environmental Sciences Division
  • Gerald Tuskan, Biosciences Division
  • Jiaqiang Yan, Materials Science and Technology Division

The annual list comprises scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top one percent by citations for their field and year of publication over the last decade, drawn from the Web of Science citation index. The methodology draws on this data and analysis performed by data scientists at Clarivate’s Institute for Scientific Information, or ISI.

“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, ISI senior citation analyst.

David Mandrus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, also is named to the list with ORNL as his second affiliation.

Explore the full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and learn more about the methodology.

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