Thomson Reuters Names Their Nobel Guesses

Thomson Reuters releases their predictions of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in anticipation of the official announcement in October.

AsianScientist (Sep. 26, 2014) – The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced its 2014 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureates. Having accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics.

This year, noteworthy nominees on the Thomson Reuters list include Professors Charles Lee, Stephen W. Scherer and Michael H. Wigler, for their research clarifying how specific genetic variations link to disease. In physics, the list includes Professor Yoshinori Tokura, director of the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science for his pioneering research on new multiferroic materials. In chemistry, Professor Tang Ching W. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is notable for his invention of the organic light emitting diode, a technology that is now ubiquitous in smartphones, tablets and high definition televisions.

The complete list of the 2014 Nobel predictions includes 27 researchers representing 27 distinct academic and research organizations across nine different countries.

“As imitation is one of the most sincere forms of flattery, so too are scientific literature citations one of the greatest dividends of a researcher’s intellectual investment,” said Basil Moftah, president of Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “The aggregate of such citations points to individuals who have contributed the most impactful work and allows us to identify candidates likely to receive a Nobel Prize.”

The annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study is based on an analysis of proprietary data within the Web of ScienceTM—a search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities—which identifies the most influential researchers in the categories of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics. After a thorough review of citations, along with various qualitative measures, Thomson Reuters analysts identify the highest-impact researchers to be included among its Citation Laureates, who are likely winners of the Nobel Prize now or in the future.

For detailed information on the methodology of this study, the Citation Laureates, and their fields of research, visit ScienceWatch, an open-Web resource for science metrics and research performance analysis.


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