35 academics in Ireland feature on global list of influential researchers

15 Nov 2022

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The US continues to dominate the global Highly Cited Researchers list, but China is closing the gap with each passing year.

The 2022 Highly Cited Researchers list has been released, highlighting the top 1pc of the world’s researchers by citations.

The list features 6,938 researchers this year who have demonstrated significant influence in their field. It includes academics from 69 countries and regions around the globe – including 35 researchers based in Ireland.

The Highly Cited Researchers list is compiled annually by analytics company Clarivate. This year, it extended its methodology to consider academic misconduct and any researcher found guilty by their institution of plagiarism, image manipulation or false peer reviews was excluded from the list.

Like last year and the year before, the US and Harvard University continue to dominate the list.

The US is a base for 2,764 of this year’s highly cited researchers. This amounts to 38.3pc of the total list, down from 43.3pc in 2018.

China is gaining on the US, coming in second with 1,169 highly cited researchers. In five years, China has more than doubled its share of the highly cited researchers population.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences also appears to be closing the gap on Harvard, with 228 highly cited researchers versus Harvard’s 233.

The UK also performed very well considering the size of its population compared to China and the US. It came in third with 579 highly cited researchers this year.

Irish research

Ireland’s presence on the annual list has increased, with 35 researchers named this year. Last year’s list featured 31 academics in Ireland, while the 2020 list named 33.

There were 39 entries for Ireland this year, as Prof John Cryan, Prof Timothy Dinan, Prof Luke O’Neill and Prof Paul Ross were named twice for their contributions in multiple fields.

The academics named are based in universities and research bodies all across Ireland. University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin were particularly well represented.

University of Galway had two academics feature on the list, with Prof Henry Curran and Prof Patrick Serruys named under the engineering and clinical medicine categories.

Prof Jim Livesey, VP for research and innovation at University of Galway, congratulated the two men on being included on the list once again.

“To be named on this prestigious global list in successive years is a huge achievement, and they have both deservedly earned global respect and recognition for their research.”

This year’s list of Ireland-based highly cited researchers includes:

Agricultural sciences
  • Paul Allen ­– Teagasc
  • Daniel Granato – University of Limerick (UL)
  • Paul Ross – University College Cork (UCC)
  • Da-Wen Sun – University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Brijesh Tiwari ­– Teagasc
  • Andrew Bowie – Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Marcus Claesson – UCC
  • Paul Cotter – Teagasc
  • Kenneth Dawson – UCD
  • Gerald Fitzgerald – UCC
  • Iseult Lynch – UCD
  • Valeria Nicolosi – TCD
  • Fergus Shanahan – UCC
  • Ian O’Connor – Atlantic Technological University (ATU)
  • Mubashir Husain Rehmani – Munster Technological University (MTU)
  • Stefano Sanvito – TCD
  • Douwe van Sinderen – UCC
  • Michael Zaworotko – UL
Clinical medicine
  • Patrick Serruys – University of Galway
Economics and business
  • Brian Lucey – TCD
  • Shaen Corbet – Dublin City University (DCU)
  • Henry Curran – University of Galway
  • Padraic Fallon – TCD
  • Liam O’Mahony – UCC
  • Luke O’Neill – TCD
Materials science
  • Jonathan Coleman – TCD
  • Colin Hill ­– UCC
  • Paul O’Toole – UCC
  • Paul Ross – University College Cork (UCC)
  • Catherine Stanton – Teagasc
  • Jens Walter – UCC
Molecular biology and genetics
  • Luke O’Neill – TCD
Neuroscience and behaviour
  • Gerard Clarke – UCC
  • John Cryan – UCC
  • Timothy Dinan – UCC
Psychiatry and psychology
  • Mary Cannon – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • John Cryan – UCC
  • Timothy Dinan – UCC
  • Philip Hyland – Maynooth University

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Blathnaid O’Dea was a Careers reporter at Silicon Republic until 2024.