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Wolverhampton professor recognised in global researchers list


The University of Wolverhampton is proud to announce that one of its academics has been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2021 list from global leader in analytics and insights, Clarivate.

Michael Thelwall, Professor of Data Science at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton has been successful following his research on ‘Bullying discussions in UK female influencers’ YouTube comments.’

Michael and his team investigated reactions to discussions of offline and online bullying in the comments posted to the YouTube channels of 34 popular UK female lifestyle influencers.

Using a thematic analysis of keywords associated with comments mentioning bullying to identify bullying-related themes, research found female YouTube influencer channels as sources of unexpected indirect support for bullying victims. Commenters often seemed to depersonalise the issue to support victims by setting their experience in the wider context of human behaviour and criticising bullies.

The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate. It also uses the tallies to identify the countries and research institutions where these citation elite are based.

Michael Thelwall, Professor of Data Science at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton said:As a mathematician, it was particularly rewarding to apply mathematical data science techniques to an interesting practical issue. As part of the project, we hope to connect people that have been bullied with online support and were very happy to find that many influencers and their followers were very anti-bullying and supportive of victims.”

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said: “It is increasingly important for nations and institutions to recognize and support the exceptional researchers who are driving the expansion of the world’s knowledge. This list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers at the University of Wolverhampton who are having a significant impact on the research community as evidenced by the rate at which their work is being cited by their peers. The research they have contributed is fueling the innovation, sustainability, health and security that is key for our society’s future.”

The full 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here.

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