2 Nigerian Professors Listed Among World Top Scientists

Two Nigerian professors, Kayode John Oyewumi (Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences) and Musa Toyin Yakubu (immediate past Director, Central Research Laboratories), both of the University of Ilorin have been listed among Elsevier B.V.’s most productive scientists in the world.

Prof Musa Toyin Yakubu of Unilorin
Prof Kayode John Oyewumi of Unilorin

Elsevier B.V. is a Netherlands-based publishing company that specializes in technical, medical and scientific literature. Its products include journals such as The Lancet and Cell, the ScienceDirect collection of electronic journals, the Trends and Current Opinion series of journals, the online citation database Scopus, the SciVal tool for measuring research performance, the ClinicalKey search engine for clinicians, and the ClinicalPath evidence-based cancer care service.

Logo of Elsevier BV

For the “most productive” list, 180,000 scientists were selected from more than 8 million active scientists worldwide in 22 major scientific fields and 176 subfields.

The list is led by Prof. John Loannidis of Stanford University with the use of verifiable data drawn from the SCOPUS database. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

Prof. John Loannidis of Stanford University

Method adopted for the ranking involved the use of a complex algorithm based on ranking parameters such as SCOPUS documents (1960-2020). It also includes citations (including distinct citing papers), and co-authorship (including first authorship), among others.


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