Awards and recognition

Drs. B. Brett Finlay and Martin Hirst among Highly Cited Researchers according to 2019 Web of Science group list

The Highly Cited Researchers list, published by Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science, identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication. This year, Drs. B. Brett Finlay and Martin Hirst made the prestigious list in the categories of microbiology, and molecular biology and genetics, respectively. Being named on this global list demonstrates significant research influence among their peers. 

The methodology that determines the who’s who of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group. The data are taken from 21 broad research fields within Essential Science Indicators, a component of InCites. The fields are defined by sets of journals and exceptionally, in the case of multidisciplinary journals such as Nature and Science, by a paper-by-paper assignment to a field based on an analysis of the cited references in the papers. This percentile-based selection method removes the citation advantage of older papers relative to recently published ones, since papers are weighed against others in the same annual cohort. 

UBC ranked 33rd on the list with 33 highly-cited researchers who specify UBC as their primary or secondary affiliated institution. Canada ranked 6th overall with representation from 183 researchers. 

The full 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here, and the methodology can be found here.

 B. Brett Finlay Martin Hirst

Left to right: Dr. B. Brett Finlay, and Dr. Martin Hirst,