31 Ghent University researchers are 'Highly Cited Researcher 2021'

(16-11-2021) This year, Ghent University has no less than 31 researchers with Highly Cited status. This is a fine recognition of the quality of its publications and their scientific impact.

Clarivate Web of Science has been compiling this exclusive list every year since 2001, based on the highest number of top publications. In order to be recognized as a "highly cited researcher", a scientist must have a major impact on the work of fellow scientists.

The list is categorized by discipline, but there is also a cross-field category.

Cross field

For 2021, the following Ghent University researchers are Highly Cited in this category: Guy Brusselle and Raymond Vanholder (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), Tom Coenye (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Yvan Saeys*, Peter Vandenabeele*, Yves Van de Peer*, Klaas Vandepoele* (Faculty of Science), Tom Vanden Berghe (primary affiliation: University of Antwerp), Tom Van de Wiele (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering) and Maarten Vansteenkiste (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences°. 

Plant & Animal Science

Ghent University's pioneering role in the field of Plant & Animal Science is also evident from the list of most cited scientists. Tom Beeckman*, Wout Boerjan*, Alain Goossens*, Dirk Inzé*, Guy Smagghe and Frank Van Breusegem* renewed their earlier recognition. Geert De Jaeger* is new on the list.
Also on the list for Ghent University, but as a secondary affiliation, is Jiri Friml.
Their specific expertise covers a wide range from plant biotechnology to biostatistics - often with a strongly interdisciplinary approach.


Within medical medicine, the scientists in the field of Immunology are proving their growing reputation. Claus Bachert, Martin Guilliams*, Hamida Hammad*, Bart Lambrecht* and Mohamed Lamkanfi* can once again call themselves Highly Cited Researchers in this category.
Charlotte Scott is added to the list.

Agricultural Sciences, Environment and Ecoloy, Geosciences

Koen Dewettinck appears on the list for the domain of Agricultural Sciences.

Colin Janssen is a Highly Cited Researcher in Environment and Ecology.

And like last year, Diego Miralles is the Ghent University researcher on the list of Highly Cited Researchers for the domain of Geosciences.  

Social Sciences

Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij and Greet Cardon are once again recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in Social Sciences, and are joined by Benedicte Deforche and Frank Witlox.

About the Higly Cited Researchers’ List

This year, 6,602 researchers from more than 70 countries and regions have been recognized– 3,774 in specific fields and 2,828 for cross-field impact.
In total, 74 researchers based at Belgian universities and research centers, appear on the Highly Cited list. No less than 30 of them work at Ghent University.

The 3 countries with the largest number of Highly Cited Researchers are the United States, China and the United Kingdom.

* these researchers' secondary affiliation is VIB


Highly Cited Researchers