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Professor named as one of the world's most influential researchers


The University of Wolverhampton is proud to announce that one of its academics has been named on Clarivate’s annual Highly Cited Researchers 2022 list for the sixth year in a row.

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 per cent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate. It also uses the tallies to identify the countries and research institutions where these citation elites are based.

Michael Thelwall, Professor of Data Science at the University of Wolverhampton Business School at the University of Wolverhampton has been recognised following his research on ‘Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy on English-language Twitter.’

Michael and his team carried out an investigation into why people may use Twitter to voice their views about being reluctant to take the Covid vaccine. The research team found that whilst conspiracy theorists were common, there were many that used the platform to express worries and concerns about the vaccination.

Mike_ThelwallMichael Thelwall, Head of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University, said: "I’m honoured to be recognized once again for my research in collaboration with my colleagues.

“This is welcome recognition of the research conducted at the University of Wolverhampton. We, in the Statistical Cyber-metrics and Research Evaluation Group, made a special effort to rapidly investigate public reactions to Covid-19 from the start of the pandemic to try to inform the reaction to it.

“We now plan to address new challenges with artificial intelligence solving business problems."

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