On November 19th, the Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company released its annual list of Highly Cited Researchers. The highly anticipated list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.
Among the 6216 researchers in various fields from nearly 60 nations, 636 are from mainland China and 18 are from Peking University, including 7 from the College of Engineering, who are Associate Professor Huanping Zhou in the category of Cross-Field, Professor Long Wang in the category of Engineering, Professor Ruqiang Zou in the category of Cross-Field, Associate Professor Shaojun Guo in the categories of Materials Science and Chemistry, Professor Xiaowei Zhan in the category of Materials Science, Professor Yanglong Hou in the category of Cross-Field, and Professor Zhisheng Duan in the field of Engineering.
In the 2019 list, the United States is home to the highest number of Highly Cited Researchers, with 2,737 authors, representing 44% of the researchers on the list. Mainland China is second this year, with 636 Highly Cited Researchers, or 10.2%, seeing a huge surge, compared to 482 in 2018. The United Kingdom, with 516 researchers or 8.3%, falls to third from second in the last survey, trading places with Mainland China. Next, all with 100 or more Highly Cited Researchers, are Germany (327), Australia (271), Canada (183), the Netherlands (164), France (156), Switzerland (155), and Spain (116).