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Sydney has the most influential academics in Australia

November 26, 2020
443 Sydney researchers named in the top 2 percent in the world
Two academic rankings lists published recently cement the University of Sydney’s position as a world leader in research.

PLOS study

A study published in PLOS Biology found 443 University of Sydney academics are in the top 2 percent of researchers globally, the most of any Australian university.

The study, led by Professor John Ioannidis from Stanford University, combines several different metrics to systematically rank the most influential scientists by scientific field as measured by citations.

Analysing research from 1996 to 2018, the ranking measures the long-term impact of currently active scientists: in total the work of almost 7 million scientists worldwide was analysed.

Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list

This year’s list of Global Highly Cited Researchers contains 19 University of Sydney researchers. Produced by analytics company, Clarivate, the list identifies scientists who produce papers ranking in the top 1 percent by citations for their field in 2020. 

“These lists of outstanding University of Sydney academics demonstrate the breadth and depth of research excellence we have at the university,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said. Our researchers have dedicated decades – and sometimes lifetimes – in pursuit of research that makes our society better. I am proud of their success and grateful for their dedication to this important work.Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison

Top 10 most highly cited academics 1996-2018 – PLOS

Most highly cited academics for 2020 – Clarivate

Professor Adrian Bauman – Charles Perkins Centre, School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professor Jonathan Bland-Hawthorn – Faculty of Science Professor Patrick Cullen – School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dr Arne Geschke – Faculty of Science Professor Glenda Halliday – Brain and Mind Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Professor Ian Hickie – Brain and Mind Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Professor Anita Ho-Baillie – School of Physics Professor Edward Holmes – Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Medical School  Dr Daniel Huber – Faculty of ScienceDr Kakarla Raghava Reddy – School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Manfred Lenzen – Faculty of Science Professor Qing Li – School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Professor Alex McBratney – Sydney Institute of Agriculture Associate Professor Alexander Menzies – Faculty of Medicine and Health Associate Professor Budiman Minasny – School of Life and Environmental Sciences Dr Zengxia Pei – School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  Professor Richard Scolyer – Melanoma Institute Australia, Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis – Charles Perkins Centre, School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professor Dacheng Tao – School of Computer Science

Most highly cited academics by subject areas 1996 – 2018 according to PLOS

Agriculture

Biology

Biomedical

Built environment

Chemistry

Clinical medicine

Communications

Economics and business

Enabling and strategic technologies

Engineering

Historical studies

Information and communication technologies

Mathematics and statistics

Physics and astronomy

Psychology and cognitive sciences

Public health and health services

Social sciences

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