The Fundació Centre de Recerca en Agrotecnologia-Agrotecnio brings together 11 of the world’s leading researchers in their disciplines, according to the study ‘Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators‘ conducted by researchers from Stanford University, technicians from Elsevier and the SciTech Strategies company that has been published in Plos Biology. The study recognises the excellence of the work carried out by researchers who develop, or have previously developed, their careers at Agrotecnio.
This ranking, which uses the Scopus database and standardized citation indicators, includes the top 2% of researchers in each disciplinary area. The database lists 159,683 scientists from a total of 144 countries on 5 continents. Of these, 2,290 are from Spain. According to the authors, “the database provides standardized information on citations, h-index, hm-index adjusted for co-authorship, citations in articles in different authorship positions and a composite indicator”. It includes the following disciplines: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; Biology; Biomedical Research; Architecture and Urbanism; Chemistry; Clinical Medicine; Communication and Textual Studies; Environmental and Earth Sciences; Economics and Finance; Instrumental and Strategic Technologies; Engineering; History; Information and Communication Technologies; Mathematics and Statistics; Philosophy and Theology; Physics and Astronomy; Psychology and Cognitive Sciences; Public Health and Health Services; Social Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts.
The principal list takes into account the articles published between 1960 and 2019. Excluding self-cites, the most outstanding Agrotecnio researcher is Paul Christou, Principal Investigator of the Applied Plant Biotechnology research group who occupies the 15,436th position with 247 articles. He is followed by Gustavo Slafer, Principal Investigator of the Crop Phisiology research group, in 27,147th place with 185 articles and by Josep Lluis Araus, Principal Investigator of the Plant Phenomics research group at Agrotecnio-University of Barcelona (49,166).
It also includes Fernando López Gatius (Bovine Reproduction research group, 70,343), Olga Martín, Principal Investigator of the Novel Technologies for Food Processing research group (92,488), Concepción Ramos (Agronomy research group, 97,056), José A. Martínez-Casasnovas (AgroICT & Precision Agriculture research group, 110.603), Sònia Marín (Applied Mycology research group, 115,072), Albert Ibarz (Novel Technologies for Food Processing research group, 130.000), Robert Soliva (Novel Technologies for Food Processing research group, 136,148) and Maria José Motilva (Food Bioactive Compounds research group, 142,830).
Measuring only the citation impact during the single calendar year 2019, the three top-ranked Agrotecnio researchers are Gustavo Slafer (18,093), Paul Christou (43,731) and Olga Martín (44,296).
In the latest update of the study, carried out in 2020 with data from 2019, the University of Lleida has increased from 6 to 17 researchers positioned in the ranking out of a total of 144 countries.