World’s top 2 per cent scientists’ list by Stanford University

Image Credit : IPPP, Universiti Malaya

Stanford University has released an update of data representing top 2 per cent of the most cited scientists in various disciplines. The team headed by Prof John PA Loannidis had assessed the global scientists on the research they carried out during their career span from the data collected up to 2019. Scientists are classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub fields. Field and subfield specific percentiles are also provided for all scientists who have published at least 5 papers.

The study was originally published in 2019 with the aim of producing a consistent citation metric based on multiple factors, such as the total number of citations, the Hirsch or h-index; the Schreiber hm-index, and the number of citations to papers as single, first, or last author.

Below is a summarised findings of the country’s scientists from Universiti Malaya:

It is inclusive of names who have retired from their positions as it is based on their career span.

Congratulations to the 30 researchers who have made it to the listings!


Ioannidis JPA, Boyack KW, Baas J (2020) Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators. PLOS Biology 18(10): e3000918.

Ioannidis JPA, Baas J, Klavans R, Boyack KW. (2019) A standardized citation metrics author database annotated for scientific field. PLoS Biol, 17(8), art. no.: e3000384. pmid:31404057

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