Professor James Bullock

Professor James Bullock

Professor Chris Huntingford

Professor Chris Huntingford

Dr David Roy

Dr David Roy

At the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology we’re proud to announce that three of our scientists have been named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group, released this week.

Ecologist Professor James Bullock, Climate Modeller Professor Chris Huntingford and Head of the Biological Records Centre Dr David Roy are on the list, which includes 6,216 researchers in various fields from nearly 60 nations. 

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.

The methodology that determines the who’s who of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.

Professor Mark Bailey, Director of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said: "I'm delighted to see three of our experts recognised as highly cited researchers. This is a reflection of the hard work that all our researchers do on a daily basis, ensuring we carry out excellent science with impact."

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information said: "Recognition and support of these exceptional researchers represents an important activity for a nation or an institution’s plans for efficient and accelerated advancement. The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge.

"These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure."

Top 10 nations and regions with the most highly cited researchers were:

Nation or region (Primary)Total # of HCRsPercent HCR
United States273744%
China mainland63610.2%
United Kingdom5178.3%
Germany3275.3%
Australia2714.4%
Canada1832.9%
Netherlands1642.6%
France1562.5%
Switzerland1552.5%
Spain1161.9%

Table1: The Highly Cited Researchers represent nearly 60 nations, but 85% of them are affiliated to institutions at just ten nations and 72% from the first five, a remarkable concentration of top talent.

The full 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here, and the methodology can be found here.

Additional information

Links to staff pages: