Professor Thelwall has been ranked the number one academic in the world in his field, informetrics, the science of measuring information. Professor of information science at the School of Computing and Information Technology, he was ranked first in a list of authors in the peer-reviewed Journal of Informetrics. Professor Thelwall specialises in the newest area of informetrics - namely, measuring the value of web pages.
Two of his colleagues were also included in the journal's list - David Wilkinson was ranked joint 18th and Gareth Harries was joint 21st.
Professor Thelwall, Head of the university's Cybermetrics Research Group, is currently researching how jokes spread online around the world to see if there are differences in the sense of humour of different nations and cultures. He has also recently been interviewed by Radio 4.
Last year, he was named third most influential British researcher of all time in information science and librarianship in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
A new member of staff was also highlighted - Carol Jones has joined the University of Wolverhampton's School of Legal Studies as a professor. She joins from the University of Glamorgan, having previously worked in Hong Kong and as a visiting fellow at the Australian National University.