Pro­fes­sors earn highly cited re­searchers dis­tinc­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - ADVERTISEMENT - By ZHU LIXIN in He­fei zhulixin@chi­

Six pro­fes­sors from the Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of China were named as Highly Cited Re­searchers, a yearly dis­tinc­tion re­leased by Thom­son Reuters.

A to­tal of 143 Chi­nese re­searchers were named in the list, while the num­ber of USTC is the largest among all Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties.

Among the six pro­fes­sors, Pan Jian­wei, Chen Xian­hui and Wang Xiangfeng ma­jored in physics, Wu Yuan­bao and Zheng Yongfei in geo­sciences and Yu Shuhong in ma­te­rial science.

The Highly Cited Re­searchers 2014 list in­cluded more than 3,000 peo­ple who rep­re­sent some of world’s lead­ing sci­en­tific minds.

The re­searchers earned the dis­tinc­tion by writ­ing the great­est num­ber of re­ports of­fi­cially des­ig­nated by Es­sen­tial Science In­di­ca­tors as Highly Cited Pa­pers — rank­ing among the top 1 per­cent most cited for their sub­ject field and year of pub­li­ca­tion, earn­ing them the mark of ex­cep­tional im­pact.

Ci­ta­tion is a type of recog­ni­tion by peers who give credit to the au­thors. Sci­en­tists named as the highly cited re­searchers were ac­knowl­edged as peo­ple of in­flu­ence in science. The books or pa­pers pub­lished by them were rec­og­nized by their peers as vi­tal to the ad­vance­ment of sci­en­tific re­search.

As one of the top uni­ver­si­ties in China, USTC, based in He­fei, cap­i­tal of East China’s An­hui province, has been renowned for sci­en­tific strength since it was founded in 1958.

USTC is on track to be­come one of the most in­flu­en­tial uni­ver­si­ties in China and Asia, in terms of aca­demic re­search.

The univer­sity’s 37 aca­demic pa­pers pub­lished on Na­ture and 17 Na­ture re­search jour­nals in 2013 ranked it the first among all Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties and ninth among all Asian aca­demic in­sti­tutes in terms of the Na­ture Pub­lish­ing In­dex 2013 Asia-Pa­cific.

“Qual­ity and to­tal out­put of pa­pers should have equal im­por­tance at­tached, while pur­suit of more orig­i­nal in­no­va­tion should be the main task of Chi­nese sci­en­tists,” said Yu Shuhong, a ma­te­rial science pro­fes­sor at USTC, ear­lier this year, af­ter the re­lease of the NPI rank­ing.

The USTC-Su­gon re­ceived the sec­ond prize at the 2014 Stu­dent Clus­ter Chal­lenge.

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