The "Institute for Scientific Information" (ISI), owned by Clarivate, drew upon scientific studies published and cited in the years 2010 to 2020 for its analysis. Researchers are considered to be a "Highly Cited Researcher" if they were ranked among the top one percent in their scientific field in the survey year and thus exerted a significant influence in their specialist area.
The majority of the most influential scientists continue to work in the USA. 2,622 researchers in the US comprise 39.7 percent of all the people on the list. However, the share of researchers in the United States is declining. Austria's global share in this scientific elite rose from 0.6 to 0.7 percent.
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