26 UGent scientists are 'Highly Cited Researcher 2022'

(15-11-2022) 26 Ghent University scientists are on this year's list of 'Highly Cited Researchers'. The listing recognizes the quality of their publications and their scientific impact.

Clarivate Web of Science has been compiling an annual list of scientists with the most highly cited publications to their credit since 2001.

To qualify as a "highly cited researcher", a scientist must have a high impact on his colleagues. The list is categorized by field, but there is also an overarching category.

Cross field

For 2022, the following Ghent University scientists are on the list of most-cited scientists across fields: Guy Brusselle, Mohamed Lamkanfi and Raymond Vanholder (affiliated to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), Kevin Braeckmans and Tom Coenye (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Wout Boerjan*, Peter Vandenabeele* and Yves Van de Peer* (Faculty of Sciences) and Tom Van de Wiele (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering).

Plant & Animal Science

Tom Beeckman*, Alain Goossens*, Guy Smagghe and Frank Van Breusegem* are again in this year's list of most cited scientists in Plant & Animal Science.
The expertise of these scientists covers a wide range ranging from plant biotechnology to biostatistics, often with a strong interdisciplinary angle.


Within medicine, the experts in immunology confirm their reputation. Claus Bachert, Martin Guilliams*, Hamida Hammad*, Bart Lambrecht*, Yvan Saeys* and Charlotte Scott* can call themselves Highly Cited Researchers again this year.
Rudi Beyaert* is listed for the first time for this field.

Agricultural Sciences and Environment and Ecology

Koen Dewettinck can call himself one of the most cited scientists within Agricultural Sciences, Colin Janssen can do the same within the field of Environment and Ecology.


As in previous years, Diego Miralles is in the list for Ghent University within Geosciences. 

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Stefaan De Smedt is Highly Cited Researcher for the first time within the fields of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Social Sciences

Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij is also highly cited this year within Social Sciences, Sebastien Chastin (first affiliation: Glasgow Caledonian University, UK) is new here.

About the Highly Cited Researchers' List 2022

This year, a total of 6938 researchers from 70 countries and regions have been recognized as oft-cited scientists.

This year's list includes 82 scientists with a first affiliation at a Belgian university or research centre. 25 of them are primarily associated with Ghent University. The US, China and the UK make up the top three countries with the largest number of frequently cited scientists.

* these scientists are affiliated with Ghent University and VIB.

Further information  

Highly Cited Researchers