Stanford University has published the World’s Top 2% Scientists 2021, a global ranking of the world's most cited scientists in various disciplines. This ranking, considered one of the most prestigious in the world, is based on bibliometric information from the Scopus database (published by Elsevier) and includes more than 180,000 of the more than 8 million researchers considered to be active worldwide. A dozen CSIC researchers in the Balearic Islands, including researchers from IFISC, appear in this ranking.
In the ranking of scientific production in 2020, IFISC researchers Massimiliano Zanin, Víctor M. Eguíluz, Maxi San Miguel, Ingo Fischer, Miguel C. Soriano, Gian Luca Giorgi, Claudio Mirasso and Apostolos Argyris are at the top.
On the other hand, according to the scientific production of the entire research career until 2020, the researchers Maxi San Miguel, Raúl Toral, Pere Colet, Claudio Mirasso, Ingo Fischer, Llorenç Serra and Apostolos Argyris appear in the ranking.
Ernesto Estrada also appears at the top of the ranking. Although he is currently a researcher at IFISC, in the time frame used to compile the data he was working at the University of Zaragoza.
To compile the list, Scopus data is analysed on the scientists' careers (in this latest update, from 1996 to the end of 2020), the number of articles published and the number of times each research has been cited. Then it is normalised by research area. However, IFISC would like to point out that this kind of ranking does not objectively evaluate the value of researchers and should not be used as the only way to quantify the careers of scientists.