MSU education professor among top 2% of cited scientists worldwide

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—An accomplished Mississippi State professor is among the top-cited scientists globally in the field of education.

Jianzhong Xu portrait
Jianzhong Xu (OPA Photo)

Jianzhong Xu of the Department of Counseling, Higher Education Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations is listed in Elsevier Data Repository’s latest database of most-cited scientists in the world. He is among the top 0.65% with self-citations and the top 1.26% without self-citations in education for his career span.

Xu has gained national and international scholarly recognition with 133 peer-reviewed publications in print and more than 80 paper presentations. Additionally, he has completed ad-hoc reviews for over 50 journals and has grants totaling approximately $1 million. Xu’s research is primarily focused on homework outcomes, and he is ranked as the top researcher in the world on this topic by citation databases Scopus and Web of Science Core Collection.

 “Dr. Jianzhong Xu’s exceptional achievement reflects the pride we feel in having him as part of our department and college at Mississippi State University,” said Daniel Gadke, College of Education associate dean of research, professor and department head. “His research excellence, characterized by humility, kindness and a spirit of collegiality, sets a remarkable example for us all. We are truly honored to have him as a distinguished member of our academic community.”

Teresa Jayroe, dean of the College of Education, added, “I am proud of Dr. Xu’s ranking among the top 2% of cited scientists globally. This honor, which reflects the significant impact of his research, enhances the reputation of the college and university.”

Xu has a bachelor’s degree in foundations of education from East China Normal University. He also holds two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University.

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