On October 4, 2023, Stanford University and Elsevier Data Repository officially released the 2023 Stanford University Top 2% Scientists List. In the field of Sport, Leisure & Tourism, a number of scholars from the Department of Integrated Resort and Tourism Management of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Macau were selected for the list, namely Professor Rob LAW, Professor Li MIAO, and Professor Anthony Ip Kin WONG, Assistant Professor Fiona Xi YANG. In addition, Associate Professor Prof. Christine Mei Lai LIM of the Department of Integrated Resort and Tourism Management, who retired in 2023, was also selected for the list.

The list of the top 2% of scientists in the world is the result of a project jointly conducted by Elsevier Database and the team of Professor John P. A. Ioannidis of Stanford University, and is published on the Mendeley Data website of Elsevier Database. The list is based on scores of six citation indicators, including number of citations, h factor, and hm factor. The top 2% of scientists in the world are selected from nearly 7 million scientists based on “career influence” and “annual influence”. There are 22 fields and 176 sub-fields; being selected into the top 2% of the world’s top scientists means that the scholar has a high global influence in his research field and has made outstanding contributions to the development of this field.

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