January 5, 2016

Seven Illinois researchers rank among the world’s most influential


Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015.

The list includes “some of the world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to a statement from Thomson Reuters. “About 3,000 researchers earned this distinction … ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.”

The list is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence over the past 12 years.

The highly cited Illinois researchers include crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen P. Long (plant and animal science) and plant biology professor Donald Ort (plant and animal science) who are both a part of PETROSS, or Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sorghum, which is a research project that aims to transform sugarcane and sweet sorghum to naturally produce more biofuel than any other plant.

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Written by Sarah Banducci

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