Thomson Reuters selection of Highly Cited Researchers

Six academics from Tohoku University have been selected as Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. The list credits researchers for their influence in published research. Selections are based on the number of Highly Cited Papers published during the 11-year period from 2002-2012 in 21 broad subject categories in: life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. Highly cited papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science database. 3215 researchers have been selected worldwide, around 100 from Japan, and 6 researchers from Tohoku University (including a former researcher and a chief scientist whose secondary affiliation is Tohoku University).

Materials Science Category

Professor Mingwei Chen, Principal Investigator and Division Leader - Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR)
Dr. Ali Khademhosseini, Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR)

Physics Category

Professor Takashi Takahashi, Principal Investigator - Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR)
Associate Professor Takafumi Sato, Graduate School of Science

Plant & Animal Science Category

Professor Shinjiro Yamaguchi, Graduate School of Life Sciences
Associate Professor Shusei Sato, Graduate School of Life Science

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Prof. Takashi Takahashi (left)
Associate Prof. Takafumi Sato (right)
Prof. Shinjiro Yamaguchi (left)
Associate Prof. Shusei Sato (right)

Dr. Jon Stroll, Director and Head of Scientific and Scholarly Research Japan of Thomson Reuters, presented certificates to researchers at a ceremony on January 7, 2015. Marketing Manager Sayaka Miwa provided background information on the chosen researchers and collaborating research institutes, and also mentioned the influence the papers have had on the science community.

According to data, the ratio of the number of Highly Cited Papers to the total number of papers from Tohoku University is highest in immunology, space science and environment/ecology. Miwa also emphasized the importance of using 'Researcher-ID', a system that assigns a unique identifier to researchers. This enables researchers to manage their publications lists and avoid author misidentification.


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