İsmail Çakmak is among the most influential scientists in agricultural sciences worldwide

İsmail Çakmak, member of Sabancı University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, was listed among the most cited scientists in Agricultural Sciences according to the “Highly Cited Researchers 2017” report by Clarivate Analytics.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2017 report published in November listed the 130,000 top-cited papers of 3300 researchers in 900 institutions over a period of 10 years. 

The list covers a wide range of fields from medicine to engineering, molecular biology, genetics, chemistry and agriculture, and İsmail Çakmak was named among the top 1% of researchers whose publications received the most citations in agricultural sciences. İsmail Çakmak’s articles were cited 21,100 times according to Google Scholar data, and 10,300 times according to Web of Science data. 


İsmail Çakmak was the only listed Turkish scholar in Agricultural Sciences according to the Highly Cited Researchers 2017 report. The report lists some 3300 scholars, only 10 of whom are from Turkey. 

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Member İsmail Çakmak said that he was delighted to be included in the “Highly Cited Researchers” list, and that the recognition of our scientific papers with a high number of citations would stimulate further research in the future. 


Hidden hunger is a form of undernutrition and affects 2 billion people worldwide, primarily women and children. Saying that the HarvestPlus-HarvestZinc project, coordinated under the leadership of Sabancı University in 12 countries for the last decade, and the papers published under  this project had a particular  role in his inclusion in the Highly Cited Researchers list, İsmail Çakmak continued, “I would like to thank the HarvestPlus program and the partners and sponsors of the HarvestZinc project, as well as Sabancı University and my colleagues here for their great support." 


A high number of citations fosters new and different research, and plays a key part in a university's rankings. Total citations received and research activity account for 30% of the score in the internationally-recognized Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, and 20% of the score in the rankings prepared by the UK-based higher education rating institution QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). 

About İsmail Çakmak

Dr. Çakmak has published 160 articles in international reviewed scientific journals, receiving more than 10,300 citations according to Web of Science data, and approximately 21,100 citations according to Google Scholar data (H-Index; Google Scholar: 77 and Web of Science: 54). 

He received the 1999 TÜBİTAK Science Award, the 2005 International Plant Nutrition Award (currently  named as  the Norman Borlaug Prize) given by the International Fertilizer Industry Association, the 2007 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences “Derek Tribe Prize”, the 2014 Georg Forster Research Prize given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the 2016 International Plant Nutrition Institution-IPNI Science Award, and the 2016 World Sciences Academy Prize in Agricultural Sciences.  Çakmak has given scientific lectures in over 45 countries to date. He raised more than 16 million US dollars in funds for his national and international projects. Çakmak was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2012. Çakmak is also an elected member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. 

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