Effort to Standardize Citation Rankings Shows Impact of IPR Experts’ Research
IPR faculty rank globally among the 2% of most-cited researchers in their fields
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More than 30 IPR faculty have been recognized as being among the top 2% most cited academics in their respective fields, according to a database published in PLOS Biology by Stanford University researchers.
The 35 IPR experts are top ranked for citations in diverse fields, including artificial intelligence, economics, education, evolutionary biology, sociology, political science, and social psychology.
"IPR is proud that so many of our scholars have been recognized to be at the top of their fields," said IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. "Research excellence is core to our mission."
The database is part of an effort, led by Stanford researcher John Ioannidis, to standardize various academic citation rankings. It ranks scientists around the world on the impact of their research publications over their careers and for a particular year. Citations are important in academia as they figure prominently in hiring, tenure, and other key decisions.
In all, nearly 600 Northwestern faculty are ranked in the top 2% of citations, including Nobel prize-winning chemist Sir Fraser Stoddart, sociologist Gary Fine, and chemist Milan Mrksich, who is Northwestern's vice president for research.
For their second release of "Science-Wide Author Databases of Standardized Citation Indicators," Ioannidis and his colleagues updated the dataset with new features and methods, such as using a machine-learning approach to organize scientists into 22 field and 176 subfield classifications.
The researchers examined nearly 8 million scientists, pulling citations from between 1996 and 2019 from Scopus, an academic database that regroups more than 34,000 peer-reviewed journals. As with the initial dataset covering 1996–2018, the top 100,000 cited scholars were ranked according to six citation metrics—covering, for example, the total number of citations and those as a single or a first author. These six metrics were then combined into one composite indicator.
In their 2019 PLOS Biology article introducing the first version, the researchers wrote that they hope the freely available dataset will allow for more "nuanced use of metrics."
View most recent dataset.
IPR Top-Cited Faculty by Subfield*
Emma Adam, Psychiatry
Bernard Black, Economics
David Cella, Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Edith Chen, Public Health
Cynthia Coburn, Education
Noshir Contractor, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Thomas Cook, Social Sciences Methods
James Druckman, Political Science and Public Administration
Alice Eagly, Social Psychology
Joe Feinglass, General and Internal Medicine
David Figlio, Economics
Eli Finkel, Social Psychology
Larry V. Hedges, Education
Dean Karlan, Economics
Brayden King, Business and Management
Kristen Knutson, Neurology and Neurosurgery
Christopher Kuzawa, Evolutionary Biology
Charles Manski, Economics
Thomas McDade, Evolutionary Biology
Greg Miller, Psychiatry
Daniel Mroczek, Social Psychology
Brian Mustanski, Public Health
Daniel O'Keefe, Communication and Media Studies
Benjamin Page, Political Science and Public Administration
Lincoln Quillian, Sociology
James Rosenbaum, Education
Paola Sapienza, Economics
Wesley Skogan, Criminology
James Spillane, Education
Seth Stein, Geochemistry and Geophysics
Jennifer Tackett, Clinical Psychology
Linda Teplin, Psychiatry
Christopher Udry, Economics
Brian Uzzi, Sociology
Sandra Waxman, Experimental Psychology
*in Science-Wide Author Databases of Standardized Citation Indicators, Version 2
Published: April 20, 2021.