Researchers at Stanford University generated a list of the World’s Top Two Percent of Scientists using Scopus data and a combination of citation metrics to rate a researcher’s influence in their subfield (in parentheses below) over the course of their career, through 2019. (Citation metrics included h-index, coauthorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to papers with different authorship positions, and a composite indicator.) Updated databases and code are freely available in Mendeley; the latest version, Version 3, was published on October 19, 2021. Congratulations to the Biochemistry Faculty included on the list, Michael J. Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., and Donald M. Mock, M.D., Ph.D.
The publicly available database ranks the top 100,000 researchers (out of nearly seven million who had published at least five papers) across 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields according to the composite citation index when self-citations were or were not included. The database also includes researchers not in the top 100,000 according to the composite index but who were still within the top two percent of scientists in their subfield and had published at least five papers.