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December 3, 2020, by Rob Ounsworth

Celebrating our influential researchers

Seven University of Nottingham academics are among the world’s most highly cited researchers.

It is the second year running that the University has boasted seven academics in the prestigious Highly Cited Researcher list, which is collated by Web of Science to celebrate scientists and social scientists who demonstrate significant influence through publication of multiple papers.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “I am delighted to once again celebrate the influence of our researchers. It is also an opportunity to put this success in the context of our commitment to changing culture around publication metrics and supporting diversity.”

As signatories of DORA – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – the University is committed to avoiding journal-based metrics as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, and considering the value and impact of all research outputs and a broad range of impact measures.

Institutional processes have been updated to reflect the use of responsible publication metrics and key principles have been developed to ensure recruitment and promotion better respect diversity of disciplines, career stages and backgrounds.

Dame Jessica added: “Professor John Gathergood  is leading a working group – drawn from all faculties, Libraries, Research and Innovation and HR – that is building on foundations laid by his predecessor Professor Andy Noyes and further embedding these principles across the University.

“Alongside what we’re doing here at Nottingham, requirements from external funders are also changing, focusing on the impact of the research output rather than which journal a researcher has published in, with Wellcome taking a lead in this area.”

Professor Simon Gosling, one of the University’s highly cited researchers, said: “I’m delighted to feature in this list, not least because it highlights how research carried out at the University of Nottingham is recognised around the world.

“It is also an opportunity to acknowledge that a huge amount of research is a team game. In reality many papers have multiple authors, and research is enriched by sharing insights and inspiration from across disciplines and between institutions. Working with colleagues in the School of Geography and beyond increases the reach of our research and I would like to share this recognition with them, since without these colleagues, a lot of my own research would not be possible.”

Nottingham’s highly cited researchers are:

Dr Steve Alexander, Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, School of Life Sciences

Malcolm Bennett, Professor of Plant Sciences, School of Biosciences

Simon Gosling, Professor of Climate Risk and Environmental Modelling, School of Geography

Michael Holdsworth, Professor, School of Biosciences

Dr Nick Holliday, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, School of Life Sciences

Dr Ian Kerr, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences

Dr Leigh Stoddart, Senior Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences

Six of the list also featured in 2019’s highly cited list, and are joined this year by Professor Holdsworth, whose research focuses on understanding the importance of oxygen sensing in plants.

Find out more about DORA and the use of responsible publication here.

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