WUR has dropped slightly on the Highly Cited, the citation ranking for scientists, this year. While 26 WUR scientists were featured on the list just a year ago, now, only 22 remain. There is a remarkable number of changes on the list. No less than 11 top-cited scientists featured on last year’s list have now disappeared from the ranking.
Among them are citation favourites such as microbiologist Willem de Vos (who has retired), environmental systems analyst Rudolf de Groot and the successful biochemist Dolf Weijers. The first female WUR scientist on the list in 2019, Saskia Keesstra, has dropped off the list. Het spot is now taken by newcomer soil physicist Esperanza Huerta Lwanga.
In addition to Huerta Lwanga, Harro Bouwmeester, Gerard Heuvelink, Laurens Klerkx, David Kleijn, Dik Mevius, and Hans van Meijl are new to the list. There are five women among WUR’s most cited scientists, the same number as last year. In percentages, their share increased from one-fifth to one-quarter. It must be noted, however, that aquatic ecologist Ellen Besseling and plant physiologist Harro Bouwmeester are no longer employed by WUR and that animal expert Dik Mevius has retired.
One per cent
The Highly Cited contains the names of scientists who are among the one per cent most cited in their domain over the past year. The ranking includes the total number of publications cited, as well as the total citation score of all published articles. The global list for this year contains the names of 6938 scientists from 69 different countries.
The majority (38 per cent) work at American universities. China ranks second at 16 per cent, followed by England (8 per cent). The Netherlands ranks 7th with 2.9 per cent (210 scientists), one step lower than last year.
WUR’s Highly Cited:
Gerco Angenent, plant scientist
Clara Belzer, microbiologist
Ellen Besseling, aquatic ecologist
Harro Bouwmeester, plant physiologist
Violette Geissen, soil physiologist
Ken Giller, plant scientist
Jan Willem van Groenigen, soil biologist
Gerard Heuvelink, soil scientist
Esperanza Huerta Lwanga, soil physicist
Martin van Ittersum, plant scientist
Michiel Kleerebezem, microbiologist
David Kleijn, plant ecologist
Laurens Klerkx, innovation scientist
Bart Koelmans, environmental chemist
Marnix Medema, bio-informaticain
Dik Mevius, animal scientist
Hans van Meijl, economist
Liesje Mommer, plant ecologist
John van der Oost, microbiologist
Oene Oenema, soil scientist
Wim van der Putten, nematologist
Marten Scheffer, aquatic ecologist