CSIRO researchers feature on Clarivate’s 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list

February 1st, 2021

Twelve CSIRO researchers have been identified in this year’s list. Their papers rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.

Highly Cited Researchers have demonstrated significant and broad influence reflected in their publication of multiple highly cited papers over the last decade.

Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers are 1 in 1,000.

The full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary are available online. https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2020/?campaignname=Highly_Cited_Researchers_Parent_SAR_Global_2020&campaignid=7014N000001r&utm_campaign=Highly_Cited_Researchers_Parent_SAR_Global_2020&utm_source=earned_coverage&utm_medium=press


The key findings of the report for 2020 show:

  • 6,167 researchers from more than 60 countries and regions have been recognized this year.
  • Whilst the United States continues to dominate the list as the home to the highest number of Highly Cited Researchers, with 2,650 authors, representing 41.5% of the researchers on the list, its relative share of the list continues to decrease (44% in 2019).
  • Harvard University is once again the institution with the highest concentration of Highly Cited Researchers in the world (188).
  • Mainland China’s place on the list continues to surge – it is now the home to 770 (12.1%) researchers on the list
  • Singapore shows strongly, represented by Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore.
  • In Europe the numbers of Highly Cited Researchers based in Germany and the Netherlands have risen this year.
  • This year’s list includes 26 Nobel laureates.
  • Also included are 66 Citation Laureates™: individuals recognized by Clarivate, through citation analysis, as ‘of Nobel class’ and potential Nobel Prize recipients.
  • A total of 3,896 researchers are celebrated for their performance in the 21 Essential Science Indicator™ (ESI) fields, and 2,493 for cross-field performance, for a total of 6,167 unique researchers – as some truly extraordinary Highly Cited Researchers appear in more than one ESI category.
  • Of the researchers named as Highly Cited in the 21 ESI fields, nine researchers showed exceptional broad performance, recognized for being highly cited in three or more categories. They are a truly global group – in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Australian research institutes continue to punch above their weight. In a country of just 25 million, the number of researchers recognized in 2020 is 305. Australian research institutions appear to have recruited a significant number of Highly Cited Researchers in recent years while also increasing their homegrown talent.