Senior Professor Jun Chen from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI). Picture: Paul Jones
Senior Professor Jun Chen from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), one of a number of UOW scholars named in the Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list.

UOW researchers among the most cited experts in the world

UOW researchers among the most cited experts in the world

Annual list identifies the top one per cent of scholars globally

Global insights and analytics firm Clarivate has released the Highly Cited Researchers™ 2023 list, which this year includes a number of University of Wollongong (UOW) scholars, identifying them as pioneers in their fields.

The list, announced on Wednesday 15 November, highlights scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence globally.

Three UOW scholars on the list appeared in the Cross-Field category, identifying researchers who have contributed to highly cited papers across multiple fields, including Professor Shahriar Akter from the School of Business, Senior Professor Jun Chen from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) within UOW’s Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM), and Distinguished Professor of Public Health Anthony Okely from the School of Health and Society.

In the Social Science category, Professor Thomas Astell-Burt from UOW’s School of Health and Society features in the list.

Distinguished Professor Shujun Zhang from the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Material at AIIM appears in the Materials Science category.

UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Sustainable Futures) Professor David Currow congratulated the scholars on their achievement as global research leaders.

“It is wonderful to see the influential work of UOW researchers recognised in this year's Highly Cited Researchers List. The list confirms UOW's high-impact research, pushing the boundaries of knowledge to create a sustainable future,” Professor Currow said.

“The University has an outstanding reputation for world-class research, focused on supporting the best intellectual and technical talent to deliver real and sustained change.”

The list also features a further four scholars with a secondary affiliation with UOW through the Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM) at UOW’s Innovation Campus.

Emeritus Professor Shi Xue Dou appeared on the list twice, for Chemistry and Materials Science. Honorary Fellow Yoshio Bando, Emeritus Professor Hua Kun Liu and Honorary Fellow Yang-Kook Sun appear in the highly cited list for Materials Science.

The list is drawn from the publication of multiple Highly Cited Papers™ which rank in the top one per cent by citations for their field/s and publication year in the Web of Science over the past decade. It identifies the research institutions and the countries where they are based.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate.

David Pendlebury, Head of Research Analysis at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate, said: “The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers at the University of Wollongong whose significant and broad influence in their fields translates to impact in their research community and innovations that make the world healthier, more sustainable and more secure.

“Their contributions resonate far beyond their individual achievements, strengthening the foundation of excellence and innovation in research.”