World Ranking of Top Law & Political Scientists in 2022 (1st Edition)

World Ranking of Top Law & Political Scientists in 2022 (1st Edition)
Imed Bouchrika, Phd by Imed Bouchrika, Phd
Chief Data Scientist & Head of Content

On June 2, 2022, Research.com released the 1st edition of the annual ranking for top scientists in the area of law and political sciences. This list of leading scholars is designed to offer the academic community more visibility and exposure to the influential research contributions made by those at the forefront of law & political science.

What is more, we hope it will inspire researchers, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs around the world to find out where leading experts are heading. It is a great opportunity for all of us to learn who are the leading experts in different research areas, in different countries, as well as within different universities and research institutions.

For the 2022 edition of the ranking, more than 3,000 scientist profiles on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph have been examined with several indicators and metrics reviewed in order to consider each scientist’s inclusion in the ranking.

The h-index threshold for approving a scholar to be considered was set to 20 if most of their publications were in the field of law or political science. The inclusion criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the discipline h-index, the proportion of contributions made within the given discipline in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. 

The key findings for the 1st edition of top law & political scientists ranking

  • Scientists from the United States dominate the list with 596 scholars included in 2022 which represents 59.6% of the whole scientists ranking.
  • The other leading countries with leading positions in the ranking are the UK (156 scientists or 15.6%), Germany (37 scientists or 3.7%), Australia (36 scientists or 3.6%), Canada (33 scientists or 3.3%), and the Netherlands (23 scientists or 2.3%).
  • 9 out of 10 scientists in the top 1% are from the United States.
  • In the 2022 edition of our ranking, Harvard University is the leader, with 47 scientists affiliated with that institution included in the ranking.
  • The top-ranking scientist in law and political science is Cass R. Sunstein from Harvard University with an h-index of 114.
  • American universities constitute 80% of the 10 top leading institutions with the other two being institutions based in the UK.
  • The highest cited scientist is Elinor Ostrom from Indiana University with 155,432 citations.
  • The average H-index for the top 1% of scientists is 94 against an average of 33 for all 1000 scientists included in the ranking.

 

The full ranking for the 2022 list of top law & political scientists can be found here:

TOP LAW & POLITICAL SCIENTISTS RANKING

 

Countries with the highest number of leading law & political scientists

Scientists from the United States dominate the list with 596 scholars included in 2022 which represents 59.6% of the whole ranking. 9 out of 10 scientists in the top 1% are from the United States as well.

The United Kingdom ranks second with 156 scientists.

The third spot was taken by Germany, which currently has 37 ranking scientists.

The other leading countries are Australia with 36 scientists, Canada with 33 scientists, the Netherlands with 23 scientists, Switzerland with 22 scientists, and Italy with 18 scholars.

Please note that the country associated with a scientist is based on their affiliated research institution according to MAG, not on their actual nationality.

Institutions with the highest number of leading scientists

In the 2022 edition of our ranking, Harvard University is the leader, with 47 scientists affiliated with that institution included in the ranking. Ranking second is Stanford University with 31 scientists, and the third place is occupied by the University of California, Berkeley with 24 scholars.

American universities and institutions constitute 80% of the top 10 leading institutions with the other two representing the UK (London School of Economics and Political Science, and University of Oxford).

Only 1 out of 10 institutions affiliated with the top 1% of leading scientists is based outside the USA – the University of Basel, Switzerland (ranking on spot 5).

H-index ranking – leaders, averages, and distribution

For North America, Professor Cass R. Sunstein from Harvard University is on top of the list with a world ranking of no. 1 as well. His h-index is 114.

For Europe, Professor Bruno S. Frey from the University of Basel, Switzerland is ranked first in the region, with an H-index of 91. He’s also listed as no. 5 in the world ranking.

For Oceania, Professor John S. Dryzek from the University of Canberra, Australia ranks 1st on our list of leading scientists in that region. He’s also listed as no. 24 in the world ranking with an h-index of 70.

Professor Richard M. Walker from the City University of Hong Kong, China leads the top list in Asia with a world ranking of 64 as well.

Professor Mariano Tommasi from the University of San Andrés, Argentina is the highest-ranking scientist from South America with a world ranking of 328.

Professor Clifford Shearing from the University of Cape Town, South Africa is the highest-ranking scientist from Africa with a world ranking of 510.

The average H-index for the top 1% of scientists is 95 against an average of 33 for all 1000 scientists included in the ranking.

The scholar with the lowest index value who made it to the ranking in 2022 has an H-index of 23.

The average number of published articles for the top 1% of scientists in the ranking is 282 against an average of 97 for all 1000 scholars.

The average number of citations for the top 1% of scientists is 80,517 against an average of 11,901 for all 1000 scholars. The highest cited scientist is Elinor Ostrom from Indiana University with 155,432 citations.

You can learn more about the methodology used to create the ranking here.

About Research.com

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