Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI)



AHRI Director Stephen Powles named as Highly Cited scientist

The Web of Science has named AHRI Director Professor Stephen Powles as a Highly Cited scientist.

Highly Cited (HiCi’s) scientists which are recognised by The Web of Science, are among the top 1% globally most cited scientists in each of the 21 category disciplines.

For the category discipline, agricultural science, there are 156 global scientists that are HiCi’s, featuring only six Australians. Professor Powles is the only crop/weed scientist among these six scientists.

Steve Powles

Web of Science Highly Cited scientists are very important in global university rankings and various metrics of research performance/impact.

Professor Powles said he was elated at the news.

“I am very grateful to my colleagues here in AHRI at the University of Western Australia. I am particularly grateful to the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) for all the support they have given me over the past 30 years,” he said.

Clarivate Analytics Scientific and Academic Research CEO Annette Thomas congratulated Professor Powles on the achievement earlier today.

“Your research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in your field and during its year of publication, earning the mark of exceptional impact. It is truly an honour to recognise researchers like you for your dedication and focus to expanding the sphere of human knowledge,” she said.

“Congratulations for your tireless work towards the advancement of scientific discovery and innovation. We wish you continued success.”

Professor Powles is now part of an exclusive group of researchers who earn this distinction and he will always retain his Highly Cited Researcher status.

You can get involved with the conversations around the new HiCi’s on Twitter, using the hashtag #HighlyCited2017.

For Media Enquiries please contact Jessica Strauss on 08 6488 3189 or email jessica.strauss@uwa.edu.au