Global hotspot of highly cited researchers at Science VU

The Faculty of Science has an unique achievement to celebrate: seven researchers affiliated with departments in ‘Triple E’ (EEE: Earth, Environment and Ecology) are on the 2018 global list of Highly Cited Researchers.

12/17/2018 | 4:45 PM

Such an enormous local density of highly cited researchers is unprecedented in the Netherlands and probably also in the world. To be on this prestigious list a scientist has to be within the top 1 % of researchers who publish articles in international scientific journals with an official impact factor. These are the journals listed on a special website: the Web of Science. For the highly cited ranking, they look at the number of highly cited papers scientists have published over the past 10 years.  

While Hans Cornelissen (Ecology) and Guido van der Werf (Earth Sciences) have been on this list for several years, they have now been joined by five other highly cited researchers belonging to Triple E: Peter Verburg (Environmental Studies), Han Dolman and Richard de Jeu (Earth Sciences) and Toby Kiers and Sebastiaan Luyssaert (Ecology). While the VU has generally scored very high (in the Netherlands) nationally with 26 scientists on the list, the citation hotspot at Triple E is disproportionally large this year. One important consequence of this remarkable achievement is that it will help the international science ranking of VU significantly.