Nine Estonian researchers among the world’s most influential scientists

The newly published Clarivate Analytics list identifies more than 6,200 of the world’s most influential scientists, including nine researchers from Estonia.

This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia.

Seven of the Estonian researchers on the list work at the University of Tartu, one at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and one at the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics.

Ranking by influence

The list ranks the influence of researchers based on how much their research has been used by other researchers, ie, the number of citations. The more other researchers use the work of the researcher in support of their own, challenge or use it as a basis, the more influential the researcher is, according to the analysis. The list compiles researchers who rank in the world’s top 1% highly cited researchers for their field; 21 research fields were distinguished in total.

Last year, the list named 16 researchers working in Estonian research institutions. The reason behind the big difference lies mainly in the change of methodology. This time, only research publications with up to 30 institutional addresses were considered. Thus, research that required larger joint efforts or international cooperation were excluded from the list. In Estonia, this mostly affected the field of molecular biology and genetics.

The top Estonian researchers

For several years, the list has included the academician Ülo Niinemets (plant and animal science), a professor of crop science and plant biology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

For the second year in a row, the list included an ecotoxicologist at the National Institute Of Chemical Physics And Biophysics, academician Anne Kahru (cross-field).

The list includes seven researchers associated with the University of Tartu who have also been in this list for several years:

Professor of environmental physics, Heikki Junninen (geosciences)

Research fellow in biological informatics, Kessy Abarenkov (cross-field)

Research professor in mycorrhizal studies, Leho Tedersoo (plant and animal science)

Senior researcher of plant ecology, Mari Moora (cross-field)

Professor of plant ecology, Martin Zobel (cross-field)

Research fellow in mycology, Mohammad Bahram (cross-field)

Professor of mycology, Urmas Kõljalg (plant and animal science)

The list ranked 6,216 of the world’s influential researchers, 3,725 in specific fields and 2,491 for cross-field performance.

Cover: For several years, the list has included the academician Ülo Niinemets, a professor of crop science and plant biology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

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