32 scientists working in Ireland have been named among the highest 1pc on the earth in the case of extremely cited papers.

Der 2020 Highly Cited Researchers listing printed by Clarivate has been launched, compiling the highest 1pc of the world’s researchers by citations. The methodology that determines the listing of influential researchers attracts on the info and evaluation carried out by the analytic agency’s bibliometric consultants and information scientists.

This yr, a complete of 6,167 researchers from greater than 60 international locations had been recognised, with the US persevering with to dominate. US-based researchers accounted for 41.5pc of the listing (2,650 researchers), however it is a lower from the 44pc the nation achieved in 2019.

Harvard University was once more named the top-performing establishment, with 188 researchers making the listing. Neighbouring establishments the Broad Institute and MIT noticed 61 and 53 researchers make the listing, respectively.

China additionally carried out strongly, with 770 scientists making the listing (12.1pc), up from 636 final yr.

In Europe, the UK was the highest performing nation, with 514 researchers. This was adopted by Germany and the Netherlands, which each noticed an increase in researchers on the listing after a drop final yr. The Max Planck Society in Germany stays in fifth place on the listing of establishments, whereas Utrecht University (27 researchers) and Wageningen University and Research (24 researchers) within the Netherlands each moved as much as the highest tier of universities listed.

Commenting on this yr’s listing, Clarivate SVP for technique, Joel Haspel, stated: “The US stays the scientific powerhouse of the world.

“China’s progressive stance towards research and development over the past two decades has delivered highly cited, high-impact papers, increased international collaboration and translated its research into valuable intellectual property and innovation.”

‘A great honour’

As for Ireland, there was a rise in top-performing researchers with 32 making the 2020 listing, up from 28 final yr. There are further researchers on the listing who’ve affiliations with Ireland-based establishments, however 32 represents the quantity who’ve declared an Irish college or analysis institute as their major affiliation.

The listing contains APC Microbiome Ireland director Prof Paul Ross, primarily based at University College Cork (UCC), who has been included in each the microbiology and agricultural science classes.

Prof Henry Curran, a professor of combustion chemistry at NUI Galway, was additionally among these to make this yr’s listing. Responding to the information, he stated it was “a great honour to be listed in the top 1pc of cited researchers again”.

“It reflects very positively on the group of researchers with whom I have worked and continue to work with and on the support of Science Foundation Ireland and our industry sponsors in funding the work,” Curran stated.

This yr’s listing of Ireland-based extremely cited researchers contains:


Paul Allen – Teagasc

Declan Bolton – Teagasc

Paula Bourke – University College Dublin (UCD)

Nigel Brunton – Teagasc

Colm O’Donnell – UCD

Paul Ross – University College Cork (UCC)

Catherine Stanton – Teagasc

Da-Wen Sun – UCD

Brijesh Tiwari – Teagasc


Andrew Bowie – Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Paul Cotter – Teagasc

Kenneth Dawson – UCD

Colin Hill – UCC

Paul O’Toole – UCC

Valeria Nicolosi – TCD

Gerald Fitzgerald – UCC

Stefano Sanvito – TCD

Fergus Shanahan – UCC

Ines Thiele – NUI Galway

Douwe van Sinderen – UCC

Neuroscience and behavior

Gerard Clarke – UCC

John Cryan – UCC

Timothy Dinan – UCC

Orla Hardiman – TCD

durch Technik

Henry Curran – NUI Galway


Jonathan Coleman – TCD


Luke O’Neill – TCD

Padraic Fallon – TCD


Donal O’Regan – NUI Galway

(*32*) and psychology

Mary Cannon – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Paul Ross – UCC

Jens Walter – UCC

Clinical drugs

Patrick Serruys – NUI Galway