Celebrating the Inspirational Work of South African Women in Science

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
-Marie Curie (first scientist to be awarded a Nobel Prize in two different categories)


Being at the forefront of research and innovation, we are constantly aware of the groundbreaking academic strides made on the African continent. This month we would like to showcase and celebrate the enduring contribution that African women have made to science and the tenacity they have brought to expanding the boundaries of human knowledge.


This National Women’s Day, 9th August, we at Clarivate Analytics want to take a moment to admire some phenomenal women in Research. Using 1InCites Benchmarking & Analytics and  2Highly Cited Papers categorised by 3Incites Essential Science Indicators fields, we have identified female authors who are among those with Highly Cited Papers between 2007 and 2016 within their respective fields:

Source: Based on researchers who have recorded Highly Cited Papers as determined by Clarivate Analytics InCites, a performance-measurement tool built on the foundation of 4Web of Science and using the most thorough, accurate, and objective information available


Thank you, ladies, for inspiring the nation, and happy Women’s Day South Africa!

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1 InCites, provides customized citation data, global metrics, and multidimensional profiles on the leading research institutions as well as comprehensive insight into performance.


2 Highly Cited Papers are the top 1% documents in their subject areas, per year, according to data within the Web of Science. Highly Cited Papers are considered indicators of scientific excellence and top performance and can be used to benchmark research performance against field baselines worldwide.


3 The Essential Science Indicators database reveals emerging science trends as well as influential individuals, institutions, papers, journals, and countries in their field of research. With science trend statistics drawn from more than 12 million articles in more than 12,000 journals from around the world.


4 Web of Science is an accurate, objective and complete platform, providing access to an unrivalled breadth of world class research literature – linked to a rigorously selected core of journals, ensuring a unique combination of discovery through meticulously captured metadata and citation connections, coupled with guaranteed quality, impact and neutrality.