Nineteen scientists at Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and two researchers from Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS) institutes have made the list of the best Spanish researchers in the fields of chemistry, information technology, physics, health sciences, food science and technology, biology and materials science. The list of experts is based on the “h-index”, which evaluates the impact of researchers in the scientific community.
Nineteen researchers have been included in the study’s lists of experts, which can be viewed at http://indice-h.webcindario.com. Of the university researchers mentioned, those at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) and the Pere Virgili Institute for Health Research (IISPV) obtained the highest positions in the study in the fields of chemistry and medicine. The majority of the researchers in the study rank within the top ten researchers in their respective areas of specialisation.
The list was created using data from the Web of Science and is based on the “h-index”. This is a system proposed by Jorge Hirsch of the University of California which measures a scientist’s professional impact in terms of the number of citations his or her articles have received. It assigns a number to each scientist, which is the number of publications by that scientist that have received at least the same number of citations. So, if an expert has an index of h=25 it means that 25 of the articles that he or she has published have been cited 25 or more times.
The most significant of these at the URV, ICIQ and IISPV are:
Medical Laboratory Technology
Physics / Mathematics
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