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Sydney has the most influential academics in Australia

20 November 2020
443 Sydney researchers named in the top 2 percent in the world
Two academic rankings lists published recently cement the University of Sydney's position as a world leader in research.

PLOS study

A study published in PLOS Biology found 443 University of Sydney academics are in the top 2 percent of researchers globally, the most of any Australian university.

The study, led by Professor John Ioannidis from Stanford University, combines several different metrics to systematically rank the most influential scientists by scientific field as measured by citations.

Analysing research from 1996 to 2018, the ranking measures the long-term impact of currently active scientists: in total the work of almost 7 million scientists worldwide was analysed.

Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list

This year’s list of Global Highly Cited Researchers contains 19 University of Sydney researchers. Produced by analytics company, Clarivate, the list identifies scientists who produce papers ranking in the top 1 percent by citations for their field in 2020. 

“These lists of outstanding University of Sydney academics demonstrate the breadth and depth of research excellence we have at the university," Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said. 

Our researchers have dedicated decades - and sometimes lifetimes - in pursuit of research that makes our society better. I am proud of their success and grateful for their dedication to this important work.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison

Top 10 most highly cited academics 1996-2018 – PLOS

Most highly cited academics for 2020 - Clarivate

  • Professor Ian Hickie - Brain and Mind Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health 
  • Professor Anita Ho-Baillie - Faculty of Science, School of Physics 
  • Professor Edward Holmes - Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Medical School  
  • Dr Daniel Huber - Faculty of Science, School of Physics

Most highly cited academics by subject areas 1996 – 2018 according to PLOS

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