Excellent performance of Italy's CNR in the ranking of world's most influential scientists

Logo of Italy's CNR - CC BY-SA 4.0 Creative Commons Licence29-Oct-2021 - Significant increase in the number of Italy's CNR scientists (from 135 to 167, +24 per cent) included in the new ranking of most influential scientists based on a composite indicator for career-long impact score (c-score), introduced in 2019 by Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford University, and co-workers at Elsevier and SciTech Strategies.

Published online in open access format using data retrieved from Elsevier-owned Scopus database, the 2021 ranking of top 2% scholars in all fields includes 186,178 scientists (a 16.6% increase over the 159,684 researchers listed in 2020) along with their affiliation, c-score, h-index, the hm-index accounting for multi-authored articles, and other parameters taken into account to calculate the c-score.

Opened by Vincenzo Di Marzo, a chemist working in Naples ranked 487th, the ranking includes 167 researchers associated with Italy's Research Council. Few of them, including Giacomo Rizzolatti and Tullio Pozzan, are actually University professors who work or worked in association with CNR research institutes. A few other scientists in the list, such as for example Claudio Bianchini, have retired.

The new ranking includes 28  women who work (or worked) at CNR research institutes (within brackets the position in the ranking and place of work): Leonarda Liotta (36,893, chemist, Palermo), Lucia Flamigni (40,339, chemist, Bologna), Maria Laura Di Lorenzo (52,111, chemist, Napoli), Anna Maria Venezia (55,253, chemist, Palermo), Elena Paoletti (68,300, biologist, Firenze), Giovanna Barbarella (79,479, chemist, Bologna), Cecilia Gotti (79,954, life scientist in medicine, Milano), Stefania Maggi (80,153, life scientist in medicine, Padova), Liana Fattore (82,238, life scientist in medicine, Cagliari), Francesca Mallamaci (96,321, life scientist in medicine, Reggio Calabria), Maria Losurdo (103,776, chemist, Bari), Osvalda Sennaca (122,764, engineer, Napoli), Marcella Chiari (124,631, chemist, Milano), Angela Altomare (126,786, physicist, Bari), Rosaria Ciriminna (128,492, chemist, Palermo), Rosa Lasaponara (137,208, engineer, Potenza), Maria Giovanna Buonomenna (139218, chemist, Cosenza), Valeria Di Sarli (140011, engineer, Napoli), Simonetta Paloscia (142954, agronomist, Firenze), Raffaella Calarco (144141, chemist, Rome), Eleonora Borgia (163809, engineer, Pisa), Paola Reichenbach (164,922, geologist, Perugia), Gabriella Sanniti di Baja (171,220, engineer, Napoli), Maria Teresa Buscaglia (174,476, chemist, Genova), Gloria Bordogna (175,762, physicist, Milano), Anna Formica (176,629, engineer, Roma), Alessia Ligresti (176,940, chemist, Napoli), Claudia Belviso (178,530, geologist, Potenza).

Remarkably, and in agreement with the findings of the study "How self-determination of scholars outclasses shrinking public research lab budgets, supporting scientific production: a case study and R&D management implications" published in Heliyon earlier this year, more than half (54 per cent) of the aforementioned female researchers work in research institutes based in southern Italy.

One of them is the new entrant Rosaria Ciriminna, from Palermo's the Institute of nanostructured materials.

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