21 Ghent University researchers are awarded the prestigious title of Highly Cited Researcher

Highly Cited Researchers

Highly Cited Researchers

Of the 65 scientists in Belgium who made the list of most cited researchers this year, 21 are affiliated with Ghent University.

Clarivate Analytics (formerly known as Thomson Reuters) started compiling this exclusive list in 2001, based on the highest number of top publications. To receive this recognition, a researcher needs to have a major impact on the work of fellow scientists.

This year, interdisciplinarity is also rewarded in the brand-new Cross-field category. The following Ghent University researchers are acknowledged as Highly Cited Researchers for the first time: Nico Boon, Stefaan De Smedt, Dries Van Thourhout and Peter Vandenabeele. Last year, Klaas Vandepoele was also included in the field of Plant & Animal Science.

For the field of Plant & Animal Science, Kris Morreel, Alain Goossens, Dirk Inzé, Frank Van Breusegem, Tom Beeckman, Wout Boerjan and Yves Van de Peer renewed a previous inclusion in the list. New to the Ghent University list is Guy Smagghe.

Their specific expertise covers a wide range of fields, from plant biotechnology to biostatistics - often with a strong interdisciplinary approach.


In the field of Agricultural Sciences, Wim Verbeke (agro-food marketing and consumer behaviour) is once again awarded the title of Highly Cited Researcher; in the category Environment/Ecology, so is his fellow Bioengineer Willy Verstraete.


Within the field of medicine, scientists in the field of immunology are living up to their growing reputation, with Bart Lambrecht, Hamida Hammad, Martin Gilliams and Mohammed Lamkanfi making the list. In the domain of Clinical Medicine, Guy De Backer is also included as a Highly Cited Researcher.


Finally, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij is once again honoured as a Highly Cited Researcher in Social Sciences, for her research on social health care.


The top 3 countries with the largest number of Highly Cited Researchers are the US, the UK and China. Of all countries, China’s growth is the largest.