30 November 2018

30 researchers from Utrecht University on list with highly cited researchers

30 researchers from Utrecht University are included on the list of the top 1% most cited researchers from the last ten years. The list was announced last Tuesday by Clarivate Analytics, an American company that offers services for scientific research.

More than half of the scientists who are frequently quoted in peer studies come from the US. The Netherlands is in sixth place, with 189 scientists. Of these, 30 are connected to the UU. They work in various fields.

Nine Utrecht researchers are classified in the ‘cross-field’ category, meaning they are quoted in various fields. Clarivate Analytics wants to break through 'artificial walls between disciplines'. The list has been compiled for the fifth time.

The Nutrient Network allows me to tackle important ecological questions and find generalities in ecology, which would be impossible if done alone

To his surprise Yann Hautier, assistant professor in Ecology & Biodiversity, is one of the Utrecht researchers on the list. He believes that's due to his involvement in the Nutrient Network. 

“Since my PhD, I have been involved in the Nutrient Network, which studies the effects of nutrient addition (fertilization) on biodiversity on a worldwide scale. The network introduced a standardized method for ecological experiments all over the world, so that you can compare the results. Being part of this network has brought me so much: meeting different scientists all around the world, being able to collaborate with all those bright minds… It really allows you to tackle important ecological questions and find generalities in ecology, which would be impossible if done alone. One of the highlights was a publication in Nature in 2014.”

Sharing data

“The Nutrient Network actually seems to have started a little revolution, because there are more similar networks now. We published a few influential papers early on, and that really showed the power of such a network. We showed that instead of competing with each other, we can solve bigger problems by sharing our data and collaborating on publications. The scientific community is realizing more and more that that’s a good thing. Collaboration helps you, because you are part of a network, but it also contributes to the whole community. I think science should be more about the results than about the people. It’s not about being the best researcher, it’s about contributing to the best research.”