Department of Immunology

December 9, 2019

Immunology Professor Dr. Michael Gale Jr. Named one of the Most Highly Cited Researchers of 2019.

For the third year in a row, Dr. Michael Gale Jr. remains one of the most highly cited researchers in the world. Dr. Gale is a Professor with the University of Washington Department of Immunology, as well as the Director of the Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease (CIIID).

This highly anticipated annual list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. Read more about the methodology here.

Since 2011, Dr. Gale has published 10 manuscripts that the Web of Science has since classified as highly cited papers.  Together, these 10 publications were cited an average of 254 times per year, and have been cited over 2,228 times in manuscripts written by other researchers in the field.  The research in these papers covers a broad range of topics, including Immunology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Virology, Cell Biology Biochemistry, Experimental Medicine and Multidisciplinary sciences.

The data are taken from 21 broad research fields within Essential Science Indicators, a component of InCites. The fields are defined by sets of journals and exceptionally, in the case of multidisciplinary journals such as Nature and Science, by a paper-by-paper assignment to a field based on an analysis of the cited references in the papers. This percentile-based selection method removes the citation advantage of older papers relative to recently published ones, since papers are weighed against others in the same annual cohort.

Overall, the United States is home to the highest number of Highly Cited Researchers, with 2,737 authors, representing 44% of the researchers on the list. The University of Washington is home to 46 highly cited researchers for 2019. The full 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here. Congratulations Dr. Gale!