WOW member Professor Adrian Wilkinson has been in the top 2% of cited scientists globally.

Stanford University has conducted a publication analysis that recognises Professor Adrian Wilkinson as one of the world’s most cited researchers.

Professor Adrian Wilkinson, Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, GBS. VC Research Award winner for 2013 in category of: Mid-Senior Researcher

To provide some context, it is important to understand that citation metrics are widely used and misused. It is for this reason that a group of academics have created a publicly available database of 100,000 top scientists that provides standardised information on citations, h-index, co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator.

Using the Scopus database and looking at several indicators, this study analysed data from 1996 through 2019, covering approximately 7 million scientists in 22 major fields ranging from chemistry to engineering to economics and business.

By Australian standards, it can be viewed as the Scopus equivalent of Clarivate Analytics’ annual ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ list. There are two main sets of data:

  • Career (1995-2019)
  • Single year (2019)

In the subject ‘Industrial Relations’ Professor Wilkinson ranked #2 in the world.

Other WOW researchers who featured on this list include adjuncts Fang Lee Cooke (Monash University), Bruce Kaufman (Georgia State University, USA) and Geoffrey Wood (Western University, Canada).


Adrian Wilkinson is Professor of Employment Relations and Human Resource Management at Griffith University. He was Founding Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University from 2006 to 2020.

He is best known for his work on ‘employee voice’ and has authored/co-authored/edited 30 books and over 160 articles in academic journals. Recent  books (with co-authors) include ‘The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations’ (OUP, 2014); ‘The Oxford Handbook Of Management ‘(OUP, 2015); ‘Developing Positive Employment Relations: International Experiences of Labour Management Partnerships’ (Palgrave, 2016); ‘The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations’ (Routledge, 2018); ‘The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management’ (Sage, 2019); ‘The Future of Work and Employment’ (Elgar, 2020); ‘The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice’ (Elgar, 2020); ‘Human Resource Management at Work’ (Kogan Page, 2020); and ‘Contemporary Human Resource Management’  (Sage, 2021).

[1] The C-score is a composite indicator combining six citation metrics (total citations; Hirsch h-index; co-authorship-adjusted Schreiber hm-index; number of citations to papers as single author; number of citations to papers as single or first author; and number of citations to papers as single, first, or last author).