Clarivate Repeats Nobel Laureate Prediction Success: Five ‘Citation Laureates’ Awarded 2020 Nobel Honors for Physics, Chemistry and Economics

59 researchers named as ‘Citation Laureates’ have won Nobel honors since 2002

LONDON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Clarivate Plc (NYSE:CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, today celebrates the five extremely highly cited ‘Citation Laureates™’ who have been named as 2020 Nobel prize winners – demonstrating once again, the association between citations in the literature, influence through a research community, and peer judgement.

The quantitative and qualitative analysis from Clarivate is regularly cited, as a predictive weathervane as to who may receive Nobel honors each year.  Since 2002, 59 named individuals have gone on to receive Nobel prizes.

The five Citation Laureates named as Nobel Laureates in 2020 are:

  • The 2020 Nobel prize for Physics awarded to Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, UK for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity 
  • The 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Institute, Germany and Jennifer A. Doudna, University of California, Berkeley, USA, for the development of a method for genome editing. 
  • The 2020 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel awarded to Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson of Stanford University, USA, for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

Each year since 2002, analysts at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate have drawn on Web of Science™ publication and citation data to identify influential researchers across the globe whose contributions to science have been extremely influential, even transformative in the research areas recognized by Nobel Prizes: Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. Out of some 50 million articles and proceedings indexed in the Web of Science since 1970, only 5,700 (or .01%) have been cited 2,000 or more times. It is from the authors of this group of papers that Citation Laureates are identified and selected – an approach unique to Clarivate in identifying researchers ‘of Nobel class’.  

David Pendlebury, senior citation analyst at Clarivate, "Citation Laureates are chosen through a thoughtful assessment of citation counts and high-impact papers as well as consideration of discoveries or themes that the Nobel Committee may deem worthy of recognition. This involves tracking authors of very highly cited papers who are usually also members of national academies of sciences, hold senior appointments in universities and other research institutes, and have received many top international prizes in their fields."

Joel Haspel SVP Strategy, Science, Clarivate, "Clarivate is the only organization to use quantitative data together with expert qualitative analysis to successfully identify researchers ‘of Nobel class’. Our analysts and consultants demonstrate deep industry and functional expertise, combined with proprietary methodologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning platforms to enable the global research community to solve the world’s most pressing and complex challenges.

About Clarivate

Clarivate™ is a global leader in providing solutions to accelerate the lifecycle of innovation. Our bold mission is to help customers solve some of the world’s most complex problems by providing actionable information and insights that reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing inventions. Covering scientific and academic research, pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare intelligence and intellectual property services, we help customers discover, protect and commercialize their inventions using our trusted subscription and technology-based solutions coupled with deep domain expertise. For more information, please visit

About the Institute for Scientific Information

The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) at Clarivate has pioneered the organization of the world’s research information for more than half a century. Today it remains committed to promoting integrity in research whilst improving the retrieval, interpretation and utility of scientific information. It maintains the knowledge corpus upon which the Web of Science index and related information and analytical content and services are built and disseminates that knowledge externally through events, conferences and publications whilst conducting primary research to sustain, extend and improve the knowledge base. For more information, please visit

If you would like further comment, or details of the citation records that led to our predictions, please contact:

Lisa Hulme – Global Head of Science Communications, Clarivate
[email protected] 

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