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ST. LOUIS, MO, July 8, 2014 -- James C. Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among the world's most highly cited scientists, according to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of Highly Cited Researchers. Scientists earn this distinction by publishing a high number of scientific papers that are subsequently cited highly within their field.
The report assessed papers published between 2002 and 2012 in 21 fields of study. Carrington is among 176 plant and animal scientists from around the world to be recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher.
Scientific advances are documented by researchers in peer-reviewed journal articles, which contain references, or citations, to previously published articles on which the advances were based. The numbers of times that a researcher’s published articles are cited is a measure used to assess scientific impact. The methodology used by Thompson Reuters to identify exceptionally impactful researchers placed a premium on having many articles that rank within the top 1% of most cited works in each field.
Carrington and his team investigate mechanisms by which plants and other organisms use gene silencing and non-coding RNA to control growth and development and to defend against viruses. The research explores fundamental mechanisms, but has applications for improvement of food and bioenergy crops. Between 2002 and 2012, Carrington and team published 78 articles in scientific journals, including Science, Nature and Cell. To date, those articles have been cited over 14,200 times, or on average 182 times per article.
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