Baylor Faculty Appear Among Top 2% of World’s Most Cited Researchers

Stanford University database features 36 current or retired Baylor faculty members on prestigious list

June 15, 2023
Annette von Jouanne, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, working with a student in her lab.

Annette von Jouanne, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, shown here working with a student in her lab at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), is among Baylor's most cited faculty members. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

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By Derek Smith, Baylor University Marketing & Communications

WACO, Texas (June 15, 2023) – Baylor University is well-represented on a prestigious list compiling the top most-cited researchers in the world. In a database compiled by Stanford University, 36 current or retired Baylor faculty members appear among the top 2% of the most-cited researchers across 22 disciplines.

Citations are a measure of the impact of faculty research. For researchers, publishing their work in a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal is a key step in getting their research out for other scholars to share and to benefit the public. Once research is in a journal, the next step in extending that work is when other scholars cite that work, meaning they view it as important to understanding their own research or to serve as a foundation on which to springboard further work.

Baylor University’s Illuminate strategic plan cast a vision for research at an R1 Christian research university marked by “quality, visibility and impact.” Journal publication and further citations live out that pursuit. Publication advances professors’ work from the lab or the office to the world at large—a sign of quality, a platform for visibility and the potential for further impact. In that realm, numerous Baylor faculty are among the world’s elite.

“Being cited is a sign that your work matters to a community of scholars and leaders beyond Baylor,” Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., said. “It means your work is significant, credible and influencing the work of others.”

The database, available through the Elsevier Data Repository, was compiled by Stanford faculty members Jeroen Baas, Kevin Boyack and John P.A. Ioannidis. A database listing means the faculty member met a variety of metrics that place him or her among the top 2% of researcher citations.

In a Fall 2022 update to the list, the following Baylor faculty members (current and retired, as noted and in alphabetical order) appeared:

Citations are a measure to discern the impact of faculty research, although, as the database compilers note, failure to appear in the database “does not mean that the author does not do good work…We alert users that all citation metrics have limitations and their use should be tempered and judicious.”

While far from the only mark of researcher quality and impact, the citations database remains a milestone to celebrate.

“To be among the top 2% of cited researchers in a discipline signifies that you have been involved in work that contributed foundational, if not transformational, knowledge to a given field,” Vice Provost for Research Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D., said. “The more faculty we have on the list, the more ‘seats’ Baylor will occupy ‘at the tables’ where these topics are discussed. This is one of the most important ways that Baylor research can influence national and international conversations and have a positive impact on the world.”


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 18,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.