Top scientists in molecular biology and genetics

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, 1 January 1999-28 February 2009

May 28, 2009

 Scientist Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1 Eric S. Lander MIT and Harvard University 112 32,516 290.32
2 Peer Bork European Molecular Biology Lab, Heidelberg 82 17,114 208.71
3 Ronald W. Davis Stanford University 60 12,418 206.97
4 Jean Weissenbach Genoscope, Institute of Genomics, CEA, Evry, France 61 12,589 206.38
5 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Harvard University, Dana Farber Cancer Institute 61 12,302 201.67
6 Jane Rogers The Genome Analysis Centre, BBSRC, Norwich 8115,618 192.81
7 Stephan Beck University College London, Cancer Institute 62 11,004 177.48
8 Thomas Jenuwein Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg 61 10,597 173.72
9 C. David Allis Rockefeller University, NY 107 17,520 163.74 
10 L. Aravind National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bethesda, MD 64 10,291 160.80
The data above were extracted from Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators database. This database surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Thomson Reuters’ journal-to-category field-definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Naturally, scientists publishing large numbers of papers have a greater likelihood of collecting more citations than scientists publishing fewer papers. This ranking is by citations per paper to reveal weighted impact. A threshold of 60 papers was employed to identify active scientists and to eliminate those whose names appeared as co-authors on a small group of highly cited papers. For articles with multiple authors, each author receives full, not fractional, citation credit. Essential Science Indicators lists authors ranked in the top 1 per cent for a field over a given period, based on total citations. For these data, 4,260 authors are listed in the field of molecular biology and genetics, meaning that a total of approximately 426,000 authors’ records were reviewed to obtain these results. Of the 4,260 authors, 612 published 60 or more papers during the period surveyed. For more information on Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, see http://www.thomsonreuters.com/products_services/scientific/Essential_Sci...

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