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Thomson Reuters Names “Hottest” Researchers and Papers of 2010


Philadelphia, PA USA, London UK, – Thomson Reuters announced today the results of its annual roundup of the “hottest” researchers and research papers. In its March/April issue of Science Watch, an open Web resource for science metrics and analysis, Thomson Reuters identified the top 13 authors who fielded the highest numbers of Hot Papers cited in 2010.

Thomson Reuters Hot Papers are derived from the Web of ScienceSM, the world’s leading source of citation data, with multidisciplinary information from over 12,000 high impact journals and over 110,000 conference proceedings from around the world. A published work is identified as a Hot Paper if it is less than two years old and has achieved citations, in the scientific journals indexed by Thomson Reuters, at a rate markedly higher than papers of comparable type and age in the same field.

Eric S. Lander at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, was 2010’s hottest researcher, contributing to 10 Hot Papers as gauged by citations during the year. This is Lander’s seventh appearance on the Hottest Researchers list. His papers examine general treatments of genetic mapping and human disease, including lung cancer.

This year, seven of the hottest researchers published papers in the genetics field. Three researchers from deCODE genetics in Iceland made the list: Augustine Kong, Kári Stefánsson and Unnur Thorsteinsdottir. Their studies focus on genome-wide analyses of schizophrenia, obesity, diabetes, and other disorders.

Andre K. Geim at the University of Manchester, U.K., makes his third consecutive appearance on this year-end list. However, this is his first appearance as a Nobel Laureate. Geim shared the Physics prize with his colleague Konstantin Novoselov this past October.

“Our annual roundup of researchers who have authored multiple Hot Papers allows us to recognize those leading scientific thought,” said Christopher King, Science Watch editor at Thomson Reuters. “As we witnessed in last year’s roundup, the field of genetics, and genomics in particular, continues to produce the hottest researchers.”

This year’s most-cited paper, “Prevalence and trends in obesity among US adults,” first appeared in Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2010 and was cited 106 times through December.

Hot Papers are a regular feature within the data and rankings section of, an open Web resource for science metrics and analysis. Science Watch draws on data and commentary from Thomson Reuters bibliometric experts, and is part of the Research Analytics suite of tools, products and services that include InCites™, and the recently launched Research In View™.

For a detailed list of the 2010 hottest researchers and research papers, as well as expert analysis, please visit:

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