Matjaz Perc is Professor of Physics at the University of Maribor and director of the Complex Systems Center Maribor. He completed his doctoral thesis on noise-induced pattern formation in spatially extended systems with applications to the nervous system, game-theoretical models, and social complexity. In 2009 he received the Zois Certificate of Recognition for outstanding research achievements in theoretical physics, and in 2011 he became full Professor of Physics.
Matjaz Perc has published over 240 papers in respected physics, biology, and interdisciplinary journals. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited over 13800 times, and his h-index is 69. According to Web of Science and Scopus, his works have been cited over 10500 times, and his h-index is 59. Based on these indicators, Matjaz Perc has been ranked among top 1% most cited physicists by Thomson Reuters in 2014. He was also the recipient of the 2015 Young Scientist Award for Socio-and Econophysics, which is a highly selective and internationally competitive award for the most successful physicist working on problems related to the economy and the social sciences up to the age of 40. He is also member of Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Several research papers of Matjaz Perc have received special recognition in the journals they were published. The paper "Defense mechanisms of empathetic players in the spatial ultimatum game" was nominated as an Editors' Suggestion in Physical Review Letters, which is part of an initiative to mark a small subset of well-written, interesting papers for the purpose of encouraging reading across fields. The papers "Evolution of public cooperation on interdependent networks: The impact of biased utility functions" in EPL, and "Evolutionary advantages of adaptive rewarding" in the New Journal of Physics have been marked as highlights of the year 2012 in their respective journals. The paper "Evolution of the most common English words and phrases over the centuries" was the most read article of Journal of the Royal Society Interface in 2012. The review "Evolutionary dynamics of group interactions on structured populations" was the most cited article of Journal of the Royal Society Interface in 2013. In 2014, "Binary birth-death dynamics and the expansion of cooperation by means of self-organized growth" in EPL, and "Self-organization towards optimally interdependent networks by means of coevolution" in the New Journal of Physics, have also been selected as yearly highlights. In 2015, two papers co-authored by Matjaz Perc, namely "Dynamic instability of cooperation due to diverse activity patterns in evolutionary social dilemmas" and "Reentrant phase transitions and defensive alliances in social dilemmas with informed strategies", have both been selected as highlights and Editor's choice papers in EPL.
In addition to his outstanding research record, Matjaz Perc is also very active professionally, serving as Editorial Board member or Editor at several renowned physics and interdisciplinary journals, including Physical Review E, New Journal of Physics, EPL, European Physical Journal B, Advances in Complex Systems, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Royal Society Open Science, Scientific Reports, PLOS ONE, Frontiers in Physics, Applied Mathematics and Computation, and Chaos, Solitons & Fractals. He was also guest editor for PNAS in 2016. Matjaz Perc is also distinguished referee, receiving the Outstanding Referee award of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals in 2012, which is a lifetime award of the American Physical Society, based on the quality, number, and timeliness of the submitted reports, bestowed only on one quarter of 1% of the best referees of APS. He was also distinguished referee of EPL in 2010 and 2011, and of European Physical Journals in 2014. Matjaz Perc also holds several Certificates of Excellence in Reviewing from journals published by Elsevier, including Physica A, Biophysical Chemistry, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Ecological Complexity, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Ecological Complexity, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, and Physics Letters A.