Faculty of Science represented in 2017’s highly cited researchers

30 November 2017
Professor Andrew Allan from the School of Biological Sciences
Professor Andrew Allan from the School of Biological Sciences

Professor Andrew Allan from the School of Biological Sciences and Associate Professor Brent Copp from the School of Chemical Sciences have been named as two of the world’s most cited researchers in the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher list.

The list, released late November, is an annual review of scientists whose publications over the previous 11 years have included a notable number of highly cited papers. These 3,300 scientists from 900 institutions have published more than 130,000 highly cited papers between them. 

They have distinguished themselves by publishing a high number of papers that rank in the top 1% most-cited for their year of publication in one of 21 main subject fields in the Web of Science.

Being consistently highly cited indicates that the work of these researchers has supported, inspired or challenged other researchers and been repeatedly judged by their scientific peers to be of notable significance and value.

Professor Allan is an expert in plant molecular science, while Associate Professor Copp specialises in organic and medicinal chemistry. In the last 11 years they have each published more than 80 papers and say they are honoured to make the list.

Professor Allan says knowing your papers get read and cited is a great feeling.

“It’s also helpful when my co-authors and I are seeking funding or looking for that next step in our careers.” He adds, “I shared my news with my kids, but they didn’t understand me!”

He is currently working on the molecular breeding of new plants, using modern breeding tools to accelerate varieties for New Zealand’s horticultural sector.

Associate Professor Copp agrees it is nice to get this recognition. “It certainly helps to raise my profile internationally and the benefits include getting invitations to international conferences and establishing new collaborations.”

His research involves natural product drug discovery - with a more recent focus on novel antibiotics from NZ fungi (working alongside Siouxsie Wiles from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) - and the discovery and development of new antibiotic potentiators, which help restore the action of old antibiotics towards drug resistant bacteria.

According to Clarivate Analytics, New Zealand has 14 of the most cited researchers in 2017. Within New Zealand, the top category is pharmacology and toxicology, and the top institution is the University of Auckland.

Explore researcher trends: infographics on the world’s most highly cited researchers, top institutions by country and what institutions are leading (by research category).

What does it mean to be highly cited?