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Waikato scientists ranked as some of most-influential in the world

17 September 2019

23 Waikato scientists appear in a new international database of the 100,000 most influential scientists worldwide. The publicly available database, which encompasses all scientific fields, reflects the quality of research from the University of Waikato. It ranks scientists based on six measures of impact, paring a list of nearly 7 million down to 100,000.

These 23 Waikato scientists, therefore, represent the top 1% most influential scientists worldwide.

The news backs recent results in the QS World University Rankings where the University was placed 266 out of 1,00 overall and named in the top 5% globally for citations per faculty member. This achievement means that in both science and other research fields, the papers Waikato academics publish are cited by other researchers around the world at a very high rate.

One of the scientists to make the rankings, Professor Kim Pickering, was last week also awarded for her highly cited work.

Placing in these rankings is a testament to the quality of research at the University of Waikato.

The rankings offer two separate ways of looking at the data – one based on career long and one based on single impact. Multiple Waikato researchers have been named in both lists.

Waikato researchers who made the top 100,000 based on single-year impact are:

Ryan, Chris; Pickering, K.L; Witten, Ian H; Molan, P.C; Thorpe, Holly; Frank, Eibe; Gibson, John; Longhurst, Robyn; Wheaton, Belinda; Prinsep, Michèle R.; Peters, Michael A.; Polaschek, Devon; Holmes, Geoffrey; Lowe, David J.

Waikato researchers who made the top 100,000 based on career-long impact are:

Ryan, Chris; Witten, Ian H; Sparling, G.P.; Molan, P.C; Daniel, Roy M; Lusk, Christopher H;  Kamp, Peter J.; Lowe, David; Hendy, Chris H.; Cary, S. Craig; Nelson, Campbell S.; Collier, Kevin J.; Longhurst, Robyn; Henderson, William; Hawes, Ian.

The journal article and the database can be viewed online here.

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