Two New Zealand study authors have made it into the top one per cent of most-cited researchers in the world.
They earned their spots by publishing the highest number of research articles that are frequently cited by other researchers, which means they have “exceptional impact”.
The new 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List includes Professor Richie Poulton, who is director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study, as well as its associate director, Professor Terrie Moffit from Duke University.
The duo are among the 100 researchers named in the list’s psychology and psychiatry section.
Their study into human health and development is considered one of the most detailed investigations of nature versus nurture ever undertaken.
The participants of the Dunedin study have been followed since birth and are now in their early 40s.
It’s said that this research has made a substantial contribution to new knowledge since it has been republished more than 1100 times.
To produce the list, Thomson Reuters assessed papers indexed between 2002 and 2012 in 21 fields of study.
They tracked authors who published numerous articles in a year that ranked among the top one per cent of the most cited in their respective fields.
This represents research that the scientific community has judged to be the most significant and useful.