Malaysia’s most promising and influential researchers recognized with Malaysia’s Research Star Award 2018

MALAYSIA, October 25, 2018 – Malaysia’s most promising and influential researchers were  named at the Malaysia Research Star Awards 2018, presented in Sepang today. This is the fourth time that Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, have joined forces to recognize outstanding Malaysian researchers, as cited and acknowledged by their peers worldwide. Gracing the award ceremony was Malaysia’s Secretary General, Ministry of Education, Dato’ Dr. Mohd Gazali Abas.

Said Mr. Jeroen Prinsen, Vice President and Head of Australasia and Southeast Asia at Clarivate Analytics, “We are honored to collaborate with Malaysia’s MOE for the fourth year running to recognize outstanding Malaysian researchers in their pursuit of scientific discovery and advancement of global science. We strongly support the R&D efforts of Malaysia’s research and business community, and we will continue to work closely with the MOE and Malaysian organizations to help build the foundation for world-class research, and promote academia-industry research collaboration to drive innovation in support of Malaysia’s economic growth.”

The eight award recipients span a variety of research disciplines such as engineering, agricultural sciences, materials science, chemistry, social sciences and environment/ecology.


Malaysia’s Research Star Award 2018 Award Recipients
No. Award Category Name of Recipient Research Area University
1 Frontier Researcher Prof. Dr. Chai Siang Piao Engineering Monash University Malaysia
2 Frontier Researcher Prof. Dr. Zainal Salam Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
3 Frontier Researcher Dr. Ong Hwai Chyuan Engineering Universiti Malaya
4 Hot Review Paper Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abdul Wahab Mohammad


Engineering Universiti

Kebangsaan Malaysia

5 Top Peer Reviewer * Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cheng Chin Kui Physical Sciences Universiti Malaysia Pahang
6 Top Peer Reviewer Prof. Dr. Ooi Keng Boon Social Sciences UCSI University
No. Award Category Name of Recipient
7 Research and Innovation Excellence* Universiti Putra Malaysia


8 Research and Innovation Excellence


Universiti Teknologi Petronas


The Top Peer Reviewer Award and the Research and Innovation Excellence Award are two new categories introduced this year.

Award recipients for the Frontier Researcher Award are recommended based on the most number of papers they have in the specified Research Front which demonstrates their outstanding contribution to these Research Fronts. A Research Front is a group of Highly Cited Papers, referred to as “core papers’ in a specialized topic defined by a cluster analysis and is recognized as an emerging specialty research area at the frontier of scientific knowledge.

According to Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, a hot paper is defined as “a paper published in the past two years that received a number of citations in the most recent two-month period that places it in the top 0.1% of papers in the same field”. Reviews that are “hot” were determined in March 2018. The paper with the lowest average percentile is recommended as the 2018 Hot Review Paper Award winning paper. The author must also have co-authored at least one highly cited original article. This added requirement ensures that the awardee has a record of high-quality original research.

The Top Peer Reviewer Award is presented in Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. The two Top Peer Reviewer Award recipients identified are recognized for their expertise in various research areas using proprietary Publons data from Clarivate Analyics. In the research community, being asked to review a research manuscript is widely regarded as a recognition of peer esteem and prestige.

The Research and Innovation Excellence Award aims to recognize one Research University and one Non-Research University for excelling in applied research which has commercial potential based on their patents filed. They are determined by six metrics such as the number of Web of Science papers, overall Category Normalized Citation Impact1 (CNCI), industry collaboration and patent-based metrics (number of patents, number of inventions and patent strength score) derived from Derwent Innovation.

As with previous awards,the data used for Malaysia’s Research Star Award 2018 is based on citations of published research papers in quality international journals as indexed in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, the world’s most trusted and largest publisher-neutral citation index for research discovery and citation analytics.

The analysis also used data based on Highly Cited Papers extracted from Clarivate Analytics Essential Science Indicators from 2013 to 2017. Highly Cited Papers constitute the top 1% of papers published worldwide in each of 22 broad fields and each year of coverage. More than 705 Highly Cited Papers published by Malaysian authors indexed between 2013 and 2017 qualified for the Award based on the above criteria. In order to identify the promising stars among these influential researchers, additional criteria using combinations of citations and the Category Normalized Citation Impact1 (CNCI) was applied to these individual papers to determine the award recipients.

Note to Editors:

1The Category Normalized Citation Impact (CNCI) of a paper is an unbiased indicator of impact irrespective of age, document type and subject category. The Category Normalized Citation Impact of a document is calculated by dividing the actual count of citing items by the expected citation rate for documents with the same document type, year of publication and subject area. For example, a CNCI of 3 means that a paper is three times more impactful than the average citations of all papers published worldwide in that same year and same subject category.

To learn more about the ‘Research and Innovation Performance of Malaysian Universities 2013-2017’, the subject of a joint report by Clarivate Analytics and Ministry of Education of Malaysia, please download the report here

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