EEUM has two of the most cited scientists in the world

The University of Minho has three scientists among the most cited in the world by other researchers – António Vicente and José António Teixeira, from the Centre for Biological Engineering (CEB), and Rui L. Reis, from the 3B’s Group.

This was confirmed today by the Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list, by US consultancy Clarivate Analytics, which includes 6849 scientists from 67 countries, 19 of them in Portugal. The ranking covers the period 2012-2022 and only highly cited articles, which represent 1% of what is published in the world and for 21 areas of knowledge.

The duo from the CEB and UMinho’s School of Engineering appear on this list for the sixth consecutive year. António Vicente, in the area of agricultural sciences, has had his articles cited 19,011 times and is linked to innovations such as eco-packaging, functional and bioactive compounds and nanosystems for food applications. José António Teixeira, in the cross-field area, is a unique name in industrial biotechnology and food biotechnology, with several distinctions and 31,247 citations of his articles.

Rui L. Reis appears for the second year in the cross-field area, with 62,905 citations to his articles. The president of the 3B’s Institute and head of the associated laboratory ICVS/3B’s is a reference in biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with several awards and international positions.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2023 also includes three more UMinho alumni in agricultural/cross-field sciences: Isabel Ferreira, Manuel Simões and Miguel Ângelo Cerqueira.

The bibliometric analyses of the list were carried out by the Web of Science group’s Institute for Scientific Information, which “weighted” scientific articles from the same annual cohort, removing the citation advantage of older articles over more recent ones. The countries most represented in the ranking are the USA (2669 scientists, 38 per cent of the total), China (1275), the UK (574), Germany (336) and Australia (321). Portugal ranks 27th in the world (it was 26th). The list includes several Nobel Prizes and the institution with the largest number of scientists is the Chinese Academy of Sciences (270), followed by Harvard University (237) and Stanford University (126).

Citations are one of the criteria most commonly used to produce rankings of higher education institutions and demonstrate the significant influence of a group of researchers among their peers.

A month ago, the Elsevier publishing group’s World’s Top 2% Scientists 2023 list was also published, with 65 UMinho scientists among the 200,000 most influential scientists in the world.