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UW–Madison Faculty Make Strong Showing on Global Highly Cited Researchers List

By Natasha Kassulke,, #HighlyCited2022

Sixteen UW–Madison researchers were recently recognized on the Institute for Scientific Information™ list of Highly Cited Researchers 2022. The list identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly-cited papers during the last decade.

Researchers are selected for their publication record in one or more of 21 fields (those used in the Essential Science Indicators™, or across several fields.

Out of nearly 8M researchers in the world over the last decade, less than 1% have published multiple papers frequently cited by their peers that rank in the top 1% of citations for field and year.

Although there are some seasoned citees on the UW–Madison list, among those cited from UW-Madison is Song Gao, associate professor of geography, who has made the list for the first time.

“This is my first time on this list and the only scholar who was named in the category of Social Sciences at UW–Madison, which increases the diversity and scope of representation of scholarly excellence for UW–Madison researchers,” Gao says.

Gao has been cited more than 3,148 times in 2,381 publications.

In the Geospatial Data Science Lab on campus, Gao’s research group conducts cutting-edge research during the life cycle of geospatial big data in order to understand complex human mobility patterns, human-environment interactions, and neighborhood disparity issues using spatial analytics.

“Researchers usually use citation count as one metric among many to measure scholarly impacts in the domain and beyond,” Gao says. “It is very challenging to get such recognition for social scientists. This is super inspiring for young scholars like me, who just got tenure in the social science division this year. Being on this list could also help build my future cross-discipline collaborations and funding applications as proposal review panels sometimes look a applicant’s productivity and citation impact.”


2022 UW–Madison Highly Cited Researchers:

David Andes, MD, professor of medicine and medical microbiology and immunology

Neil Binkley, MD, professor of medicine

William W. Busse, MD, honorary associate fellow/professor emeritus of medicine

Stephen Carpenter, emeritus professor center for limnology and integrative biology

Julien Clinton Sprott, professor emeritus of physics

Richard Davidson, professor of psychology

James A. Dumesic, emeritus professor of chemical and biological engineering

Kevin Eliceiri, PhD, associate professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering

Song Gao, associate professor of geography

Simon Gilroy, professor of botany

Quanyin Hu, assistant professor of pharmacy

Song Jin, professor of chemistry

John Ralph, professor of biochemistry

Shannon S. Stahl, professor of chemistry

Giulio Tononi, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry

Zongfu Yu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering