The Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, Dr. Daniel Pauly, is amongst the top 0.01% of the world’s scientists based on the impact of his publications.
This, according to a study published in PLoS Biology whose authors created a publicly available database of the world’s 100,000 top scientists. The database provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted impact, and information on impact in papers according to different author positions (single, first, last author).
The database presents detailed information on all the top-100,000 scientists across science and additional field-adjusted information that can be used to map all 7 million scientists who have published at least five papers in their career across all 22 major fields and all 176 sub-fields.
In the case of fisheries, 24,712 authors were computed and, of those, 229 were located within the most important 100K, among them Dr. Pauly.
Excluding self-citations, the Sea Around Us PI received 19,613 citations based on the 288 papers he authored in the period 1960-2017. These results place him as top-cited fisheries scientist and within a group of 2,000 most-cited authors out of the grand total.
Out of the 288 papers, 38 were single-authored and these received 1,553 citations. When it comes to the number of citations to papers as single or first author, Dr. Pauly received 8,677 citations for 81 papers, while he received 16,864 citations for 245 papers as single, first, or last author.
The PLoS Biology study is considered the first large-scale database that systematically ranks all the most-cited scientists in each and every scientific field to a sufficient ranking depth, including information on self-citations and various metrics.
Previous studies had already placed Dr. Pauly among the most cited fisheries scientists. One, in particular, published in Fish & Fisheries, found that the Sea Around Us PI occupies the first spot on a list of 663 scientists who have authored at least one of the 199 most cited fisheries papers.
Dr. Pauly, together with long-time collaborator Dr. Rainer Froese, is also the author of the most-cited database in the fisheries realm, which is FishBase, while his 1998 paper “Fishing down marine food webs,” published in Science, is the seventh most cited within the discipline.