A recent study published in PLOS Biology reports a ranking of researcher impact (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918). The paper is a follow-up of an article published in 2019 and is based on a list showing the top 2% of researchers in all fields of science, totaling about 160,000 names. It was conducted by John P. Ioannidis (Stanford University, USA), Kevin W Boyack (SciTech Strategies, USA) and Jeroen Baas (Research Intelligence, The Netherlands) and analyses the performance of authors that appear in the Scopus database in May 2020 classified by knowledge area. The ranking is based on a composite bibliometric index in two time frames: impact in 2019 and the researcher’s entire career. The list includes 999 and 972 researchers (out of 46255), respectively, in the subfield of Veterinary Sciences. Three female members of the SOUND control COST action appear in the top Impact in 2019 list: Jasmeet Kaler, Mirjam Nielen and Liza R Nielsen. In terms of overall career, there are three researchers: Hans Houe, Ramon A. Juste and Stefan Vilcek. This represents a clear advance in the gender structure in veterinary sciences, as it shows that young women dominate the newer indicators, while the older ones still show a traditional bias towards male professionals. It is also noteworthy that the institutions to which the researchers belong are not the largest in the richest countries.
SOUND control members that are among the world’s top researchers in veterinary science: