Identifying extreme impact in research, Clarivate Analytics uses citations to forecast Nobel Prize winners


Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, announced its 2017 Citation Laureates.

Each year since 2002, analysts at Clarivate Analytics have mined millions of citations in the Web of Science to identify top-tier researchers in physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry – fields recognized by the Nobel Prizes in science. It also names Citation Laureates in economics since the Swedish National Bank established an award in this domain, in memory of Alfred Nobel, in 1968.

Citation Laureates are scientists and economists whose publications have been cited so often by their colleagues – and thus who have been so influential – that they are forecast as potential recipients of the Nobel Prize in this year or in the future.

In 15 years, 43 Citation Laureates have gone on to receive Nobel honors.

A good bet for a Nobel Prize this year may be the award in Physics for the detection of gravitational waves resulting from the coalescence of black holes, something predicted by Einstein more than a century ago. The likely recipients would be Kip S. Thorne of Caltech and Rainer Weiss of MIT, who were named Clarivate Analytics Citation Laureates last year.

There are many noteworthy nominees. For the first time, Russian scientists have been named Citation Laureates. This year’s cohort also includes researchers from DenmarkGermanyGreeceIndiaJapanThe NetherlandsSouth Korea and Taiwan, as well as from the UK and USA.

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