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IoP scientists identified as 'highly influential biomedical researchers'

Posted on 04/11/2013

Profs Robin Murray, Michael Rutter and Terrie Moffitt

Three scientists from King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry have been identified as ‘highly influential biomedical researchers 1996–2011’ in a paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Professor Sir Robin Murray, Professor Sir Michael Rutter and Professor Terrie Moffit are three of 400  highly influential biomedical researchers worldwide identified by Boyack and colleagues from SciTech Strategies Inc., University School of Medicine, Philadelphia and Stanford University School of Medicine, USA. 

In order to create a more accurate understanding of impact Boyack et al scored the 1996-2011 publications of scientists who published predominantly in biomedical field. The restricted period was chosen not just to highlight more recent research but to expand the list of high scorers beyond the older veteran scientists.  Scientists were ranked using the average of their standardized scores for total citations and h-index (essentially the number of highly cited papers).

Based on Scopus citation data from 1996-2011 the list provides the most common Medical Subject Heading terms in their articles that are also specific to their work, most common journals where they publish,  number of papers with over 100 citations that they have published as first/single, last, or middle authors, and impact score adjusted for authorship positions.  For each scientist the list shows the distribution of their papers across four main levels (basic-to-applied) of research.

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean and Head of School King’s IoP said:  “The most meaningful acknowledgement in science is to have another scientist make use of your work. This usually takes the form of a citation - a reference to your paper in their paper – and in the world of citations there are some superstars, whose work is highly influential and is referred to by many many others. I am delighted that three of the superstars in this count are from the Institute of Psychiatry. We have always known of their exceptional contributions. It is nice to see it being to publicly recognized."

Reference:  Boyack et al  A list of highly influential biomedical researchers 1996–2011 European Journal of Clinical Investigation DOI: 10.1111/eci.12171

For further information please contact Louise Pratt, PR & Communications Manager, King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry 020 7848 5378 louise.a.pratt@kcl.ac.uk

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