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128 faculty members of the Politecnico among the “world’s 2% top scientists”

28 October 2022

As many as 128 faculty members of the Politecnico have been included in the ranking of scientists with the highest level of scientific productivity (the top 2% in the world) prepared by Stanford University researchers and published in the prestigious scientific journal PLOS Biology.

This is the result of a collaboration between Stanford University and Elsevier, through the global scientific research database Scopus, which provided data sets related to standardised citation indicators referring to as many as 8.6 million researchers at universities and research centres worldwide, according to a metric that considers the number of publications and citations in the related subject areas.

The lists, updated to 2021, were produced with reference to 22 scientific areas and 176 sub-categories, ranging from astrophysics to zoology, according to a classification of the author's profile obtained with advanced machine learning techniques intended to produce results which are normalised and thus comparable across scientific areas.

The analysis produced a list of 195,605 scientists falling in the top 2% of professors and researchers who stand out globally in terms of scientific prestige. Of these, 128 work at the Politecnico di Torino, 14.2% of faculty members.

“Once again, the Politecnico has demonstrated to be a leading university in international scientific research: the data in this ranking refer to individual researchers, whom I congratulate, but it is certainly a collective achievement of our University, which has fostered a dynamic environment and put in place conditions that allow all faculty members to dedicate themselves to high level research”, said the Rector, Guido Saracco.