Webtronics, a rankings website for worldwide scholarly and scientific works, listed the top 500 Colombian researchers who are most published and cited on Google Scholar Citations, the server that contains published scientific articles. In total, 17 Uninorte professors are on this list. Five professors belong to the Health Sciences Division, four in Engineering, four in General Sciences, three in Humanities and Social Sciences and one in the Education Studies Institute.
The best ranked Uninorte investigator was Diego Viasus from the Medicine Department, who placed 97th out of 500 with 506 cites. His research topics focus on infectious respiratory diseases, like pneumonia, although his most cited work is on the influenza virus.
"It's a great privilege to make the list as I have a relatively short amount of time dedicated to research, only four of five years, where producing articles has been important and reflects the good work being accomplished," expressed Viasus.
Only professors who have a registered profile on Google Scholar were taken into account for the ranking and through the platform they offer their research to the science community at no cost. Registering is free, and even though the mechanism that identifies if articles are scientific isn't 100% precise, its popularity continues to rise.
Nationwide, Uninorte took sixth place out of the ten universities with the greatest amount of professors on the list led by Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Antioquia and Universidad de los Andes.
Another Uninorte researcher in the ranking (312th) is Natalia Hoyos, from the History and Social Sciences Department. Not long ago it was believed that the gap between the Panama Isthmus and South America still existed, from three to five million years ago. Nevertheless, geological evidence collected in her most cited research, along with other researchers from the Smithsonian Institute, reveals that this gap was closed earlier than believed, some 20 million years ago.
"This changes many of the existing theories and the given consequences that resulted from that connection. This isn't personal recognition, rather recognition for all of those I work with on a daily basis," she indicated.
This is a clear invitation to the rest of the researchers who still haven't registered with Google Scholar. It also serves as an example to follow for undergraduate students interested in research, as affirmed by Carlo Caballero Uribe, professor of Medicine and editor of the magazine Uninorte Health.
"In my courses I always try to get the students to publish, even if it's an article in an existing database out there. That really gets them excited," said Caballero, who places 181st in the ranking with 316 cites, the majority of which are for his work in rheumatology.
"I believe we have some very important work tools. This is a way that the scientific and academic community backs up the quality, importance, pertinence, relevance of the research that we are doing and gives us a reason to continue working,¨ concluded Luz Stella López of the Education Studies Institute, and in 321st place among most cited Colombian researchers.
The other researchers who made the ranking are Jorge Palacio Sañudo (135th), Psychology; Bernardo Uribe(156th), Mathematics; Edgar Navarro (221st), Public Health; Antonio Bula (232nd), Mechanical Engineering; Tomás Rada (237th), Physics; Juan Carlos Niebles (247th), Electrical Engineering; Hernando Baquero (252nd), Health Sciences; Pedro Wightman (261st), de Ingeniería de Sistemas; Rafael Tuesca Molina (319th), Public Health; Sandra Rodríguez (352nd), Economics; Miguel Jimeno (427th), Systems Engineering; Juan David Guzmán Vásquez (456th), Chemistry and Biology; y Rafael González Hernández (481st), Physics.