Célia Manaia, researcher at the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF) of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto, is one of the most cited scientists in the world. Developed by Clarivate Analytics, a North American company specialized in managing scientific information, the list "Highly Cited Researchers 2021" identifies the 6.600 researchers worldwide who have demonstrated significant influence in their research area or scientific areas, which corresponds to 1% of all scientists worldwide in 21 research areas.
The researcher from Católica in Porto stands out for her research work in the area of microbiology, particularly in the field of bacteria resistance to antibiotics.
For Célia Manaia "it only makes sense to do scientific research if it is shared with peers and other sectors of society," adding that "the issue of antibiotic resistance and its role as an environmental contaminant is something that concerns various entities worldwide, from water management to food safety. Themes that concern society, its safety and well-being, are always very appealing to those who make scientific research their profession. In other words, there are many of us around the world who are interested in this subject and this justifies that the works are cited a lot." The Católicas’ in Porto researcher also mentions that "the citations received by peers should not be understood as a measure of quality, but indicate that others read and cite our work. And this is very gratifying, of course, because in addition to the scientific community, society will also benefit from the work we have been doing in the CBQF.”
The methodology that determines the "who's who" of influential researchers is based on data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at Clarivate's Institute for Scientific Information ™.
In total, this year's list includes 6.600 researchers from 70 countries worldwide, including 24 Nobel Prize winners. The countries with the largest representation of cited researchers are the United States, China, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In Portugal, researcher Célia Manaia is one of the sixteen Portuguese scientists on the list.