Citation analysis: 13 LMU faculty members among highly cited authors

Nov 27, 2019

13 LMU faculty members are among the authors listed in “Highly Cited Researchers 2019”. The ranking is based on an analysis of the citation history of scholarly publications, and covers the Natural, Social and Medical Sciences.

Prior to citation analysis, original publications were classified and assigned, together with their authors, to one of 22 different subject areas.

Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Dr. Theodor Hänsch (Chair of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Physics), Professor Dr. Immanuel Bloch (Chair of Experimental Physics – Quantum Optics, Faculty of Physics) and Professor Dr. Ferenc Krausz (Chair of Experimental Physics – Laser Physics, Faculty of Physics) are among the world’s most highly cited physicists.

Professor Dr. Christian Haass (Chair of Metabolic Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine) is listed in the subject area “Neuroscience and Behaviour”. The most influential immunologists include Professor Dr. Veit Hornung (Chair of Immunobiochemistry, LMU Gene Center).

LMU researchers are also found in the Pharmacology and Toxicology category, specifically Professor Dr. Martin Biel (Chair of Pharmacology, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy) and Dr. Elvir Becirovic (Research Group Leader in the Center for Drug Research, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy).

Professor Dr. Ludger Wößmann, who holds a Chair in Economics and heads ifo Center for the Economics of Education (Faculty of Economics), is among those listed in the fields of Economics and Business. Geneticist Dr. Silke Robatzek (Group Leader in the Gene Center, Faculty of Biology) is listed under Plant & Animal Sciences.

Researchers who have contributed highly influential publications to several different fields of study are assigned to the Cross-Field category. Among the most highly cited of these interdisciplinary authors are Professor Dr. Thomas Bein (Chair of Physical Chemistry and Functional Nanosystems, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy), Professor Dr. Joachim Heinrich (Leader of the Research Group in Global Environmental Medicine, LMU Medical Center) and the behavioral ecologist Professor Dr. Niels J. Dingemanse (Faculty of Biology).

Professor Dr. Hans-Jürgen Möller (formerly Chair of Psychiatry at LMU and Director of its Psychiatric Clinic, now retired) is listed in the section devoted to Psychiatry and Psychology.

About the Ranking

In all, “Highly Cited Researchers 2019” lists the names of some 6000 investigators. The annual ranking is compiled by Clarivate Analytics, whose headquarters are located in Philadelphia. The data used in the analysis are derived from the Web of Science, which contains comprehensive citation records of all research publications. Citation frequency serves as an indicator of the quality of a researcher’s publications and their impact on the work of others in the corresponding field. The analysis takes into account the citation records of research papers published over the course of 11 years. The publications examined for the 2018 list appeared in the period from 2008 to 2018. Importantly, in this ranking exercise, only the top 1% of publications (as gauged by citation frequency) in each subject area are taken into consideration.