Web of Science Awards 2017February 20, 2018
Russia’s most cited researchers named
Moscow hosted the Web of Science Awards 2017, granted to scientists and research institutions that make outstanding contributions to scientific advancement. In total, 16 Russian scientists received awards, with four of them representing academic institutions that participate in Project 5-100.
Among the laureates are physicists Mikhail Sheremet (TSU, TPU), Sergey Morozov (Institute of Microelectronics Technology and Superpure Materials of the Russian Science Academy (IMTSM RAS), NUST MISiS), Yuri Kivshar (ITMO University, ANU) and Yakov Kuzyakov (KFU, Göttingen George August University).
In addition, the Best Publication Strategy award was presented to the Institute for Nuclear Research of the RAS and MePHI, which also takes part in Project 5-100. This nomination indicates that research papers by members of the scientific institution have appeared in the highest impact journals and showed the highest publication rate in those journals.
The articles published in journals indexed in the Web of Science database are guaranteed to be of the highest quality first by a review procedure of materials arriving for publication and then by the fact that the journals are selected for inclusion in the database by experts engaged by the Clarivate Analytics company.
Experts say that the prestigious scientific award signals a strengthening of the bibliometric indicators of Russian science. One of the principal provisions of Decree No. 599 of 7 May 2012 “On implementing state policy in science and education” was an increase of up to 2.44% in the share of publications by Russian researchers in the total number of publications in global research journals indexed in Web of Science database.
In 2016, the share of publications by Russian researchers in the Web of Science was 2.666% (2017 data will be available no earlier that August 2018, upon completion of 2017 publications indexing.)
According to statistics, in 2012, the share of publications made by universities participating in Project 5-100 comprised about one-sixth of the total number of Russian publications indexed in databases, compared to over one-third of all publications indexed by international databases authored by members of universities participating in the Project 5-100 at present. Obviously, a notable increase of highly cited publications by Russian authors brings new names in Russian science to the attention of the global scientific community.
Yuri Kivshar, physicist, ITMO
The Web of Science 2017 award was presented to Yuri Kivshar, co-head of ITMO’s Center for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, professor at the Australian National University. Prof. Kivshar joined the most cited Russian researchers with his four highly cited articles (with Russian affiliation). The total number of such “super-publications” by Yuri Kivshar amounts to 26, which is a very high figure.
Among them are several research papers co-authored by Yuri Kivshar and his colleagues from ITMO University: Pavel Belov, head of the International Center of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials; and researchers Alexey Slobozhanyuk, Mikhail Rybin, Stanislav Glybovsky and others.
Over the last decade, the number of Web of Science-indexed publications by Prof. Kivshar totaled 696, of which 52 are dated 2017. The total number of citations for the period was 16,684. Prof. Kivshar’s h-index is 61, one of the highest among Russian physicists.
Sergey Morozov, physicist, NUST MISiS
Another recipient of the Web of Science 2017 award is Sergey Morozov, head of the NUST MISiS Functional Low-Dimensional Structures Laboratory and the IMTSM RAS Laboratory of Physics of Semiconductor Nanostructures.
Research performed jointly with a group led by Professor Geim of the University of Manchester resulted in the discovery of a new class of materials: bidimensional crystals, and a series of key experiments were conducted to study properties of graphene, a single-layer sheet of graphite. However, the Nobel Prize winning 2004 article about graphene, where Morozov’s name directly followed the names of Geim and Novoselov, has fallen out of the 10-year range of the used to calculate and analyze citation frequency.
The scientist has published over 60 works cited over 40,000 times in total. Sergey Morozov’s h-index is 52.
Mikhail Sheremet, physicist, TSU
Head of the Laboratory for Mathematical Modelling of Convective Heat and Mass Transfer, TSU professor Mikhail Sheremet is the author of ten highly cited publications in the Web of Science, devoted to turbulent heat transfer, numeric methods in liquids and gas mechanics, and mathematic modelling of thermal emission.
Prof. Sheremet is the recipient of four Presidential Grants, and numerous prizes established by the governor and the Duma of Tomsk Region. In 2017, a scientific research article co-authored by Prof. Sheremet entered the highest cited articles in the Web of Science database.
At present, Prof. Sheremet’s research is focused on heat transfer processes in radio electronic device elements. In particular, his laboratory is now engaged in a project related to the development of active and passive cooling systems of thermal elements in electronics and energy engineering, under an agreement with the Russian Scientific Fund/RSF.