Croatian Scientist Igor Rudan Among Top 0.1% Most Cited Scientists in World

Lauren Simmonds

Igor Rudan/Facebook
Igor Rudan/Facebook

Igor Rudan/Facebook

November the 20th, 2020 – The esteemed Croatian scientist Igor Rudan has found himself on a highly respected and prestigious list for the fourth year in a row. One look at his remarkable work and you’ll see that this really shouldn’t come as a surprise.

As Vecernji list/Zoran Vitas writes, Clarivate has published its annual list of the world’s most cited scientists, a list that is widely considered to be the most relevant in the world. The list, officially called Highly Cited Researchers 2020, identifies scientists who have made a significant impact in their fields of scientific research with multiple cited papers over the past decade. The truly remarkable Croatian scientist Igor Rudan has found himself among them.

The papers of scientists whose names have been published in the list must be among the one percent most cited in the Web of Science, a database that is part of Clarivate. This database draws data from the world’s leading journals from across all the many fields of science. The list of most cited scientists is compiled by experts from the Clarivate Institute for Scientific Information, and this list also makes it possible to identify the most successful institutions and countries in which these scientists work. This year, the prestigious list includes 6,167 researchers working in more than 60 countries. Just like every year, we’re able to find several of eminent Croatian scientists on the list. It doesn’t come as a shock that the doggedly determined and hard working Igor Rudan is present.

However, it should also be said here that the list doesn’t recognise the nationality of the scientists included, so it is necessary to thoroughly browse the 639 pages of this list.

Prof. dr. sc. Ivan Djikic from the University of Goethe in Frankfurt, otherwise a Croat, has been included in the list of the most cited scientists for the third year in a row, just as he was last year, and this time he finds himself listed in the field of molecular biology and genetics. On that occasion, his university issued a statement stating that six more of Djikic’s colleagues were also on that list. In addition to the names of the scientists on the list, their short profile is also connected. When it comes to Professor Djikic, it can be seen that 322 of his published publications were cited a total of 34,852 times.

Prof. dr. sc. Igor Rudan of the University of Edinburgh, who is also a member of the Royal Society there, is almost a veteran on this highly respected list. This is the fourth time the dual Croatian-British national has been included, first back in 2017 and then again 2018 for publishing in the fields of molecular biology and genetics, and then, over the last two years, he has been included for interdisciplinary fields of science. In total, 582 papers from Igor Rudan have been cited an incredible 60,526 times.

Professor Igor Rudan is an advisor to the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the World Bank… The two most cited works of his have been cited more than two thousand times, an incredible feat indeed.

Croatian scientist Igor Rudan well and truly activated himself during the time of the pandemic, offering a calming, rational voice which was sorely lacking otherwise, especially back at the beginning when very little was known about the new coronavirus which had taken the world by storm.

His incredible talent for making a highly complex situation easy and enjoyable to read is a talent worthy of envy, and his English language works can be found on his Medium profile, and of course here on TCN. Find out more about Rudan’s upcoming book, The First Wave/Prvi val here.


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