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Twelve UMass Amherst Researchers Among ‘Most Highly Cited’ in the World for 2023

A dozen UMass Amherst researchers representing a wide range of disciplines have been recognized as among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2023.

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The list is generated by the Web of Science database of analytics provider Clarivate. The highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by citations for their field and publication year in the Web of Science over the past decade. This year’s highly cited researchers span 67 countries or regions and represent a diverse range of research fields in the sciences and social sciences.

The highly cited UMass Amherst researchers demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field of research in 2023.  Those listed include three food scientists: professor Eric Decker, Distinguished Professor David Julian McClements and professor and Clydesdale Scholar of Food Science Hang Xiao; microbiology professor Derek Lovley; Distinguished Professor in Chemistry Vincent Rotello; Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering Nianqiang "Nick" Wu; University Distinguished Professor and director of Stockbridge School of Agriculture Baoshan Xing; Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering Thomas Russell; hospitality and tourism management and Carney Family Endowed Professor Muzaffer “Muzzo” Uysal; associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs and School of Public Health and Health Sciences professor Laura Vandenberg; electrical and computer engineering professor Qiangfei Xia and biostatistics professor Leontine Alkema.

The United States ranks highest for the most highly cited researchers with 2,669 out of a total of 6,849 individuals. China Mainland ranked second, followed by the United Kingdom and Germany. Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, highly cited researchers are 1 in 1,000, according to Clarivate.

“The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst whose significant and broad influence in their fields translates to impact in their research community and innovations that make the world healthier, more sustainable and more secure,” says David Pendlebury, head of research analysis at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. “Their contributions resonate far beyond their individual achievements, strengthening the foundation of excellence and innovation in research.”

The complete list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2023, as well as the methodology used to choose them, can be found here.