The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014

Highlighting standout researchers of the last decade using data from InCites and the Web of Science
Doctor Zhang Shutian holds up medical images of a patient's stomach during an examination in the Gastroenterology and Hepatolgy ward at Beijing Friendship Hospital January 14, 2008.
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Who are some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time? We set out to answer this question through the release of our citation analysis report, The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014 . This list of top researchers around the globe have earned their distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among those most frequently cited by fellow researchers.

“Science and innovation are strong drivers of the future – and these people are making that future come to life,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “The global nature of the study highlights the countries, institutions and researchers on the cutting edge of science. It’s our mission at Thomson Reuters to support these individuals as they advance innovation globally.”

The two-part report draws on information from InCites™ Essential Science Indicators℠, the world’s leading web-based research analytics platform, and Web of Science™, our premier web-based platform for scientific and scholarly research.

Our annual Hottest Researchers section makes up the first part of the report by spotlighting the scientific community’s emerging trends and the innovators behind them. The scientists, or hottest researchers, have all recently published at least 15 papers with notably higher levels of citations. The 2014 list of the hottest researchers was identified by tabulating citations that were recorded during calendar year 2013 for papers published between 2011 and 2013.

The second, longer-range study updates the world’s most influential researchers listing, also known as the most Highly Cited Researchers. Thomson Reuters collaborated with its valued partner, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and producer of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to create the Highly Cited Researchers listing for 2014.

“Among the unique strengths of the Web of Science is the comprehensive citation data that supports every indexed item,” says Gordon Macomber, managing director of Thomson Reuters Scientific and Scholarly Research. “Citations offer a direct testament to work that scientists themselves judge to be the most important to ongoing research. By analyzing these citation connections, one can identify the most impactful people, publications, programs, and more. The listings in Highly Cited Researchers truly reflect positive assessment by peers, and constitute a searchable database containing an elite selection of the world’s most influential scientific researchers.”