Women in Research Citation Awards 2016

Women in Research Citation Awards 2016



Clarivate Analytics and the Australian National University welcome you to the Women in Research Citation Awards in October 2016 in Canberra. We have held several awards over the last decade, and this year, our focus is on Australian early to mid career female researchers. Gender equality in research has been the subject of wide debate and in Australia there are multiple programs committed to tackling this issue such as the National Innovation and Science Agenda and the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program. Thomson Reuters IP & Science and the ANU have partnered together to facilitate an event where the research community can consider issues associated with gender equality in research, as well as recognise and celebrate twelve highly cited female researchers.


Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor of the ANU, Nobel Laureate and 2008 Thomson Reuters Citation Awardee will be opening and hosting the event.

Dr Susan Pond, a founding member of SAGE and highly recognised for her national and international contributions to medicine, biotechnology and renewable energy, will also be speaking.

Dr Wafa El-Adhami, Executive Director of SAGE will be talking about the SAGE initiative and how this program will be tackling gender equity in STEMM.

Professor Fabienne Mackay, a previous Thomson Reuters Citation Awardee will be talking about her experience as a female researcher in Australia.

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Who should attend?

Current delegates registered to attend include senior university representatives; senior staff from funding agencies including the Australian Research Council and the National Health & Medical Research Council; and representatives from government departments and agencies such as the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, Chief Scientist’s Office and CSIRO.

Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about issues surrounding gender equity in research, the SAGE program and extend their professional network.



The objective of the selection process was to enable the identification of early to mid career researchers from Australia across all fields of research in science, social sciences and the humanities.

As a first step, we selected all the papers indexed in the Web of Science core collection between 2000 and 2015 where at least one address included Australia or New Zealand. For each publication in this set, we identified the different authors using their unique researcher identifiers (ResearchID and ORCID) as well as an algorithm based name disambiguation method that attributed an internal author identifier. Out of a total of over 977,500 papers were retrieved, a total of 1,359,050 authors were identified in the set.

For each of the identified authors, we only selected those who had published at least one paper in Australia between 2009 and 2014 and who had published at least one paper indexed in the Web of Science core collection in the last 10 years (2005-2014) but did not publish any before 2004. This subset of authors defined the total number of Australian early to mid career researchers. We used the date of first publication as an indicator of a research career start so we did not use the absolute age of the researchers. A final set of 343,550 author identifiers were selected to cover candidate Australian early-mid career researchers.

We retrieved all the papers published by the candidate Australian early-mid career researchers but we removed from the set any identifier with five or less papers and any paper with more than 100 co-authors. For each of the remaining identifiers, we calculated the number of papers published, the number of papers classified in the top 10% for their citations (of their Web of Science category, publication year and document type) and the percentage of such papers to the number of papers they have published.

Each author identifier was then attributed to a broad domain of research based on the Web of Science categories of the papers they co-authored. These domains were built to represent research output of a similar size in Australia. An author would be included in one of these 10 broad domains if 40% or more of their papers are classified in one. Remaining authors are classified in a “multidisciplinary” domain.

We selected the author who had the best overall performance as well as in each of the 11 domains. When performance could not be clearly differentiated between two authors, including for authors in more than one domain, both researchers were selected. Performance of authors was measured by the highest percentage of papers in the top 10% when the number of papers was higher than the median of their domain. When the percentage of top 10% papers was close (within 10%), we manually selected authors using criteria such as the highest number of Highly Cited papers as defined in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) in July 2016, or the highest number of papers in which the author had an important role (i.e. first or reprint author).

The gender and the career stage of the selected authors were then checked manually and only researchers who met the criteria were selected for the award.

Authors already selected in previous citation awards in Australia were excluded from this selection. If after manual checks, we identified authors who had published before 2000, papers not indexed in the Web of Science or whose papers were not attributed their identifiers, we have maintained them in the selection only if they would meet the other selection criteria.



Read more about the awardees

Dr Zoe Bainbridge James Cook University Environmental Science and Management
Dr Alize Ferrari University of Queensland Psychiatric Epidemiology
Dr Ute Knoch University of Melbourne Applied Linguistics
Professor Emma Kowal Deakin University Cultural and Medical Anthropology
Dr Delphine Lannuzel University of Tasmania Chemical and Biological Oceanography
Dr Annie Lau Macquarie University Health Informatics
Dr Margaret Mayfield University of Queensland Plant Ecology
Dr Eugenia Sampayo University of Queensland Marine Ecology
Dr Julie Schneider University of Sydney Health Sciences
Dr Susan Sharma Deakin University Financial Econometrics
Ms Jin Teng CSIRO Climate Modelling
Dr Rachel Wood Australian National University Archaeological Science


Australia’s Women Researchers Honoured with Women in Research Citation Awards Presented by both Clarivate Analytics and The Australian National University