Staff members from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University, are among the most cited researchers in the world


In late October 2020, a group of authors from Stanford University together with Elsevier published a list of the top 2% most cited researchers from all over the world. 359 of them worked at Czech research institutes in 2019.

According to the results of the study, the most successful Czech institution is the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Charles University ranked second with 57 members of its research staff. The Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University, in Hradec Králové was represented by 7 researchers in the list.

The most cited was Prof. František Švec (who placed first at Charles University and fourth in the Czech Republic); other highly cited researchers included Prof. Lucie Nováková and Prof. Petr Solich (all three in the field of analytical chemistry), followed by Prof. Petr Pávek (pharmacology and toxicology), Prof. Martin Doležal (medicinal chemistry, or pharmaceutical chemistry), Prof. Jarmila Vinšová and Prof. Kateřina Vávrová (both in the field of organic and medicinal chemistry). Given the large differences in the manner of publishing in each field, the overall statistics have to be taken with a grain of salt. Data for different fields and branches for 2019 are available.


We are pleased to see three women on the list. The percentage of successful female researchers has been growing in the Czech Republic. Published data, as well as other scientometric data, prove that research at the Faculty of Pharmacy has been increasing in terms of quantity, but mainly in terms of quality, over the past decade.

Text: Asoc. Prof. PharmDr. Jaroslav Roh, Ph.D., Vice-Dean for Scientific Activity, Doctoral Studies and Technology Transfer
Photographs: Researchers’ personal archives

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