Friday 7 June 2013

Where are all the "hot" female scientists

Science Watch have published their list of "Hot" scientists. Their website front page has 21 researchers on the hot-list from the "Genomics and Biomedicine" section and 8 of the 21 hottest scientific researchers are involved in Genomics. However only two of these are female.

The report aims to highlight the work of those scientist that are trailblazers shaping tomorrow's world. The hot-list is generated by analysis of citations mainly during 2012. The reports authors used InCites to rank hot papers as those published in the last two years at a level notabaly higher than similar papers, as well as looking at citation indexes on Thomson Reuters Web of Science (excluding reviews).

Top of the hot-list is Rick Wilson from WashU, there are three other WashU scientists giving WashU 20% of the hot-list work. Sounds like WashU is the place to be!

A "driver" paper was A map of human genome variation from population-scale sequencing (1000 Genomes Project, Nature, 467(7319): 1061-73, 2010), which also appeared in the 2011 rankings and is still one of the most highly-cited papers. Several of the hot-list researchers were authors on this highly cited paper. It did not feature in the list of papers in the ScienceWatch report though.

New England Journal of Medicine and Nature had three each of the seven most highly cited "Genomics and Biomedicine" papers. I guess that's why we all aim to publish in those journals.

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