HudsonAlpha’s Jeremy Schmutz makes the list of most highly cited researchers for the eighth year in a row


HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is proud to announce that one of our researchers has again been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate.

The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top one percent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index.

This year HudsonAlpha Faculty Investigator Jeremy Schmutz was named to the list for the eighth time since the list began in 2014. Schmutz was named under the “Cross field” research category. This cross-field distinction was introduced in 2018 to identify influential investigators whose work bridges multiple domains.

Schmutz is co-director of the HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center (GSC). He and his team at the GSC have sequenced more than 170 de novo plant genomes for their own projects, as well as collaborations with other researchers. Hundreds of scientists rely on the de novo plant genomes to help advance their research, highlighting Schmutz’s inclusion as a highly-cited researcher for so many years running.

In addition to his work at HudsonAlpha, Schmutz is also Plant Program Lead at the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. He provides scientific project management for the reference eukaryotic genomes produced by the JGI. 

“Collaboration is critical to the work that we do at HudsonAlpha and the HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center,” says Schmutz. “We are involved in many large-scale, collaborative projects that span different disciplines, including plant genomics, agriculture, and human health. It is great to see others building on our research.”

This year’s list also includes 24 Nobel laureates, including five announced this year. Also included are 77 Citation Laureates™: individuals recognized by Clarivate, through citation analysis, as ‘of Nobel class’ and potential Nobel Prize recipients.

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said: “It is increasingly important for nations and institutions to recognize and support the exceptional researchers who are driving the expansion of the world’s knowledge. This list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology who are having a significant impact on the research community as evidenced by the rate at which their work is being cited by their peers. The research they have contributed is fueling the innovation, sustainability, health and security that is key for our society’s future.”

The full 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here.