121 Stuttgart scientists in the top range for citations

November 23, 2022

The latest Stanford/Elsevier database on citations in 2021 shows more than 200,000 scientists in the top 2% of their field worldwide when it comes to the frequency with which their publications were cited in 2021. 121 of them are (or were) employed at the University of Stuttgart.
[Picture: Elsevier]

In 2019, researchers from Stanford University (Ioannidis et al. 2019) published a ranking of the world's most-cited scholars. This was highly acclaimed for its methodology and scope because it combined various citation indicators calculated based on data from Scopus (Elsevier).

In the most recent edition, the freely accessible, comprehensive dataset of the Stanford study shows which scholars are among the top 2% of each individual scientific field in terms of citations for 22 disciplines with 176 subfields. The study takes into account the fact that citation densities can vary considerably between individual disciplines – and also makes researchers at the top of their field within a rather low-citation area more visible.

The Stanford dataset on citations in 2021 lists a total of 121 scientists from the University of Stuttgart who are among the top 2% of the world’s most cited in their field. They are distributed as follows among 11 (of 22) disciplines:

Discipline Number of scientists at the University of Stuttgart in the top 2%
Physics & Astronomy 39
Engineering 20
Enabling & Strategic Technologies 19
Chemistry 15
Information & Communication Technologies 10
Biomedical Research 6
Mathematics & Statistics 6
Psychology & Cognitive Sciences 2
Built Environment & Design 2
Clinical Medicine 1
Economics & Business 1
Total number 121

Strong individual performances in a global comparison

We cannot list all 121 scientists of the University of Stuttgart who made it into the “Who's Who” of the top area for citations in 2021. But some examples from different fields of science are given below (Order alphabetically):


occupies place ... of the world's...most cited scientists in the field of ...
Birkmann, Joern 39 of 19.234 in Strategic, Defence & Security Studies
Brem, Alexander 319 of 48.100 in Business & Management
Bulling, Andreas 43 of 14.025 in Human Factors
Bürkner, Paul Christian 31of 20.301 in Statistics & Probability
Jeltsch, Albert 455 of 201.173 in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Kästner, Johannes 305 of 95.895 in Chemical Physics
Liu, Na 301 of 103.235 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Menges, Achim 2 of 1.576 in Architecture
Saliba, Michael 72 of 103.235 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Seifert, Udo 14 of 48.581 in Fluids & Plasmas
ten Brink, Stephan 163 of 190.154 in Networking & Telecommunications
Werner, Hans Joachim 56 of 95.895 in Chemical Physics
Wrachtrup, Jörg 253 of 289.917 in Applied Physics

More names of top-cited scientists can be found in the database.

The University would like to congratulate these and all other researchers on their success!


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