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5 UESTC Scholars rank among Thomson Reuters 2016 Highly Cited Researchers

published: 2016-11-28 14:32:00       hits: 

136 scholars from mainland China earned their distinction to be among the list of Highly Cited Researchers recently issued by Thomson Reuters, and among them there are 5 scholars from UESTC, namely, Professor Liang Yingchang from National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Communications, Professor Chen Junsong from School of Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics, Professor Peng Yi from School of Management and Economics, Professor Zhu Feng from Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences, and PCOSS-Fellow Qin Xiaolong from Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences. UESTC ranks the third together with South China University of Technology in terms of the number of the scholars ranked among this list, next only to Tsinghua University(10), Peking University(6), Zhejiang University(6).

All the five scholars are working in UESTC as full-time faculty. Professor Liang Yingchang and Professor Qin Xiaolong has earned this distinction for the third time while this is Professor Peng Yi’s first year to be named on the list.

The list of Highly Cited Researchers, published for consecutive three years, is made by Bibliometrics experts according to the database of Essential Science IndicatorsSM or ESI and based on the number of the papers a researchers have published and the unique scientific research performance index drawn up by the data of cited paper and the data which shows the scientific development tendency. According to Cingta Website (see:,The 2016 list of Highly Cited Researcher named more than 3000 scientists around the globe from 21 fields of studies, among which, according to Cingta Website (see:, there are 183 Chinese scientists (including Hongkong, Taiwan, and Macao). It shows that they have published more highly cited papers (ranking among the top 1% most cited for the years of publication) in each of their subject fields than any other scientists. 

In recent years, UESTC has deeply implemented the core strategy of “talents strengthen university”. UESTC has attached great importance to bringing in talents from outside and cultivating our own at the same time. With a deep understanding of China’s Talent Program, UESTC has made positive efforts to attract personnel worldwide so as to strengthen the construction of talent pool. In the past three years, with the joint efforts of all departments and fundamental units, the number of Outstanding Talents has grown from 76 to 172 (accounting for about 7.8% of the number of full-time teachers), among which, the number of young talented people represented by young outstanding scientists of Thousand Talent Program, Outstanding Youth Scholar Fund winners, youth Changjiang Scholars and young top-notch talents is more than 60.

The number of Highly Cited Researchers or ESI Highly Cited Papers plays a great role in assessing a university or a discipline both at home and abroad. For example, in the discipline assessment done by Ministry of Education, ESI Highly Cited Papers is a very important index for the evaluation of paper qualities. In Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU (published  by Shanghai Jiao Tong University at the beginning), the number of Highly Cited Researchers, together with the number of Nobel Prize and Field Medal winners among alumni and faculty, plays as a vital index in evaluating the academic influence of a university.


Translator: Lv Mengting