Rensselaer is Most-Cited Institution Over 50-Year History of Most Prestigious Journal in Lighting

Mark Rea, the former director of the Lighting Research Center, and Professor Russ Leslie on the cover of the Rensselaer magazine in 1994

August 27, 2019

Rensselaer is Most-Cited Institution Over 50-Year History of Most Prestigious Journal in Lighting

Current and former directors of the Lighting Research Center are among journal's most-cited authors

Lighting Research & Technology is the leading international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research on the subject of light and lighting. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, a study was published exploring the journal’s bibliometric characteristics since its first issue in 1969. The research team found that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was the most productive institution and also the most cited institution over the past 50 years.

The most cited author was Dr. Mark Rea, who served as Lighting Research Center (LRC) Director for nearly three decades, from 1988 to 2017. Dr. Mariana Figueiro, who is the current LRC Director, and Dr. John Bullough, Director of Transportation and Safety Lighting Programs, are also among the Top 10 most cited.

“Everyone at the LRC contributed to this success, in one way or another, and should be very proud of these accomplishments,” said Figueiro.

For more than 30 years, the LRC has served as the independent, unbiased source for information on all aspects of lighting. Designers, specifiers, architects, lighting manufacturers, efficiency organizations, utilities, state and national governments, and the general public all trust the LRC to provide them with the knowledge they are seeking that is true, accurate, and reliable.

“The LRC has been charting a course through the chaos of conflicting recommendations and false claims to deliver the true, established, and research-based facts for more than three decades,” said Rea. “We have been called the ‘true north’ for lighting, providing the insight and clarity needed to deal with a complicated and ever-changing world.”

About the Lighting Research Center

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at


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About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 104,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit