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Characterizing a scientific elite: the social characteristics of the most highly cited scientists in environmental science and ecology

Overview of attention for article published in Scientometrics, May 2010
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3 blogs
twitter
16 tweeters

Citations

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Readers on

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208 Mendeley
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11 CiteULike
Title
Characterizing a scientific elite: the social characteristics of the most highly cited scientists in environmental science and ecology
Published in
Scientometrics, May 2010
DOI 10.1007/s11192-010-0234-4
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Authors

John N. Parker, Christopher Lortie, Stefano Allesina

Abstract

In science, a relatively small pool of researchers garners a disproportionally large number of citations. Still, very little is known about the social characteristics of highly cited scientists. This is unfortunate as these researchers wield a disproportional impact on their fields, and the study of highly cited scientists can enhance our understanding of the conditions which foster highly cited work, the systematic social inequalities which exist in science, and scientific careers more generally. This study provides information on this understudied subject by examining the social characteristics and opinions of the 0.1% most cited environmental scientists and ecologists. Overall, the social characteristics of these researchers tend to reflect broader patterns of inequality in the global scientific community. However, while the social characteristics of these researchers mirror those of other scientific elites in important ways, they differ in others, revealing findings which are both novel and surprising, perhaps indicating multiple pathways to becoming highly cited.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 15 7%
United Kingdom 4 2%
Sweden 3 1%
Brazil 3 1%
Mexico 3 1%
Colombia 2 <1%
Slovakia 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Malaysia 2 <1%
Other 18 9%
Unknown 154 74%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 52 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 42 20%
Student > Master 22 11%
Professor 19 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 17 8%
Other 56 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 63 30%
Environmental Science 44 21%
Social Sciences 34 16%
Computer Science 15 7%
Unspecified 14 7%
Other 38 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 29. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 April 2019.
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