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Alex Szalay and Steven Salzberg Credited as Most Cited Researchers

Thomson Reuters has released its annual list of leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. The 2016 Highly Cited Researchers lists 13 Johns Hopkins University researchers whose publications are among the top one percent in their fields for citations, and for the second year in a row this includes Professors Steven L. Salzberg and Alex Szalay. IDIES Associate Director Steven Salzberg is a professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics, and directs the Center for Computational Biology. Alex Szalay is the Director of IDIES and a professor of Astrophysics & Computer Science.

Director Alex Szalay & Associate Director Steven Salzberg speaking at the 2015 IDIES Annual Symposium

The Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2016 list represents some of world’s most influential scientific minds. About three thousand researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

To determine the most highly cited researchers, Thomson Reuters examined the number of citations for contemporary research papers published between 2004 and 2015. The methodology, which categorized papers into 22 subject areas and relied on analysis from Essential Science Indicators, sought to limit the disadvantage of recently-published papers relative to older ones. In 2015, 14 Johns Hopkins scientists were named to the Highly Cited Researchers list, including Dr. Szalay and Dr. Salzberg.

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