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Recognition for three Sussex academics in 'Highly Cited Researchers List'

Professor Jörn Scharlemann

Professor Dave Goulson

Professor Steven Sorrell

Three professors from the University of Sussex have been recognised in a global list of highly cited researchers, marking the highest number of researchers included from the University in one year.  

Professor of Conservation Science Jörn Scharlemann and Professor of Biology Dave Goulson, both from the School of Life Sciences, as well as Professor of Energy Policy Steven Sorrell from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), have all been recognised in the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

The list recognises researchers who have produced multiple highly cited papers in the last decade, with papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for a publication field and year.

Very few researchers earn this distinction.

Professor Jörn Scharlemann, whose research focuses include the impacts of environmental changes on biodiversity and ecosystems, said: “I’m delighted and humbled to be among the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers in Environment/Ecology for a second year running. This would not have been possible without the productive collaborations with my PhD students, post-docs and many collaborators. So this award is a recognition of the efforts of several teams I have worked with.”

Professor Dave Goulson, who was named in the top ten of BBC Wildlife Magazine’s ‘Wildlife Power List’ in 2015, sitting alongside Sir David Attenborough, added: “Academic publishing can sometimes be a frustrating and unrewarding business, so it is a great pleasure to be named as a 'Highly Cited' researcher, evidence that one's work is at least being read and that other scientists consider it important enough to cite."

The 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List contains a total of 6,072 researchers from across the globe.

Energy and climate policy specialist Professor Steven Sorrell, who has consulted for a number of international organisations including the European Commission, UK government agencies and NGOs, said: “I feel greatly honoured to be included in this list and to be in such esteemed company. This would not have been possible without the contribution of my collaborators and co-authors.

“Interdisciplinary fields such as my own are often disadvantaged in research evaluation metrics, so I am particularly pleased that Clarivate Analytics now recognise their importance.”

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By: Stephanie Allen
Last updated: Tuesday, 27 November 2018