Researcher and institution spotlights

Highly Cited Researchers are making a significant impact in sustainability research

Developed by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include 17 global calls for action to ensure peace and prosperity for people and the planet. The UN also identified special considerations for publishers with the release of the SDG Publishers Compact which includes 10 action points that publishers, publishing associations and others can commit to undertaking in order to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. One action item for publishers is a commitment to promote and communicate about SDGs through marketing, websites, promotions and projects.

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At Clarivate, we serve the STM research and publishing communities. For example, Ryan Fry led an ISI initiative to use CWTS Leiden’s SDG queries to pave the way for mapping SDGs in InCites™. Sixteen of the 17 SDGs are now available as distinct Research Areas in InCites, applied at the document level.

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2023 Analysis

Experts from the Institute for Scientific Information™ provide their detailed insight into the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2023, including their geographical locations, primary tenured research institutes and a breakdown of their fields of research.

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Recognizing the contributions of Highly Cited Researchers towards the SDGs

We’re pleased to showcase a few Highly Cited Researchers and their scientific papers that demonstrate exceptional impact corresponding to the SDGs. While we’re pleased to celebrate these scientists leading the way in sustainability research, these spotlights are not meant to be comprehensive lists of all Highly Cited Researchers contributing to a given SDG; there are many other Highly Cited Researchers that have also contributed to these SDGs, not named here.

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“What I wanted people to take away from this study is that we can feed the world using more sustainable forms of agriculture, but only if we change the balance of food we eat, for example, by radically reducing meat and dairy consumption in over-consuming countries. Ever greater levels of agrochemical inputs into agriculture is not a given, if we reimagine what food we eat and how we produce it.”

Professor Pete Smith

University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Highly Cited Researcher 2022

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Gender equality in research: papers and projects by Highly Cited Researchers

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Strategic Alliances & Engagement Manager


“The recent global assessments of cancers attributable to infection, obesity, and ultraviolet radiation remind us of the sheer variability in their importance for different parts of the world and the need to tailor cancer control actions in accordance with localized patterns of risk factors and cancer burden profiles.”

Dr. Freddie Bray

World Health Organization

Highly Cited Researcher 2022

“Women and families have a right to positive pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal experiences, supported by empowered health workers, majority of whom are women. […] Our research showed that mistreatment during childbirth occurs across low-, middle- and high-income countries and good quality of care needs to be respectful as well as safe, no matter where you are in the world.”

Özge Tunçalp

World Health Organization

Highly Cited Researcher 2022

Highly Cited Researchers tackle SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ann Beynon

Strategic Alliances & Engagement Manager


“In our nationally representative, quasi-experimental study, police killings of unarmed black Americans had adverse effects on the mental health of black Americans in the general population. These findings bolster calls to more accurately measure police killings and provide an additional public health rationale to better understand and address the potential pathogenic effects of police killings of unarmed black Americans and other manifestations of structural racism in the USA.”

David Williams

Harvard University, United States

Highly Cited Researcher 2022

“Increasingly, water quality is doubly endangered by scarcity and pollution, which, like a boomerang, impacts human health and wellbeing. Ironically, this is a consequence of the human ‘progress’, which urgently needs to be reassessed. The positive point is that we can all play a role in this change!”

Celia M. Manaia

Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Portugal

Highly Cited Researcher 2022

“I am in the top 1% of most cited scientists worldwide but being a leader, mom and wife was challenging in the competitive world of medical science research.”

Dr. Jacqueline Kerr

Highly Cited Researcher 2022

“It is necessary for China to implement differential policies for poverty alleviation to end poverty in all of its forms everywhere… China should make full use of the late-developing advantages in poverty-stricken areas and construct a new platform of rural reconstructing. Building the new-type subjects of rural transformation in poor areas also seems to be imperative.”

Yansui Liu

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Highly Cited Researcher 2021 and 2022

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