5 Gatton College Professors Named in Top 2% of World’s Researchers for 2022

The University of Kentucky is well-represented on a list of the most-cited researchers in the world. In a database compiled by Stanford University in a partnership with Elsevier, 143 current UK scientists and scholars appear among the top 2% of the most-cited researchers across 22 disciplines.

The data reported in this article is a snapshot of recent productivity. It includes only citations received during the calendar year 2022, hence it may not reflect career publications. Please see “About Elsevier’s list” below for more information.

Citations are one measure of the impact of academic research. For researchers, publishing work in a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal is a key step in sharing research findings and new discoveries. 

“Being cited is one sign that your work matters to the research community,” said Lisa Cassis, Ph.D., UK vice president for research. “We acknowledge that citation metrics can have issues including gender bias and underrepresentation of community-focused and non-STEM research — the same issues with which the research community at-large is grappling. The University of Kentucky is dedicated to an inclusive culture of research across all spectrums of inquiry, and we value the contributions of all faculty, staff and student researchers. UK’s world-recognized research is impacting the community and producing innovations that make Kentucky and the world healthier, wealthier and wiser. We congratulate these outstanding individuals for this citation recognition.”

The database, updated October 2023 and available through the Elsevier Data Repository, was compiled by Stanford faculty member John P.A. Ioannidis. Database inclusion means the individual met a variety of metrics that place them among the top 2% of researchers based on citations for 2022. 

The following Gatton researchers (current, in alphabetical order) appeared on Elsevier’s top 2% of world’s most-cited researchers list. The data reported is a snapshot of recent productivity. It includes only citations received during the calendar year 2022.

Stephen P. Borgatti - Gatton Endowed Chair of Management

Daniel J. Brass - J. Henning Hilliard Chair in Innovation Management and Director of the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis

John Peloza - Carol Martin Gatton Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Research

Simon J. Sheather –Truist Chair in Data Analytics and Dean

James Ziliak - Department Chair, Director of the Center for Poverty Research, Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics, University Research Professor

*A 2022 announcement that measured impact over an entire academic career also included Gatton Executive Associate Dean, Scott Kelley. Because the data used here only represent a single calendar year, Dr. Kelley does not appear on this list.

See UKNOW article & full University of Kentucky list

About Elsevier’s list
Elsevier’s single-year data, from which this list was derived, pertains to citations received during the calendar year 2022. Scientists are classified into 22 scientific fields and 174 sub-fields according to the standard Science-Metrix classification. The selection is based on the top 100,000 scientists by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above in the sub-field. Calculations were performed using all Scopus author profiles as of October 1, 2023. If an author is not on the list, the composite indicator value was not high enough to appear. Using the most recent single-year data provides an up-to-date snapshot of productivity and expertise across 22 disciplines. This list does not include emeritus researchers, those who have left UK or are officially on leave. Some UK researchers may not be on the list because their Scopus account still has them affiliated with a former institution. Researchers can request Scopus update their ID to UK. Learn more.

About Clarivate’s list
Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers program identifies individuals who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field(s) of research. Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers are 1 in 1,000. The 2023 list contains 7,125 Highly Cited Researchers in total: 3,793 Highly Cited Researchers in 20 fields of the sciences and social sciences and 3,332 individuals identified as having exceptional performance across several fields. Learn more.

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