The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of the best researchers in the
discipline of Biology and Biochemistry is based on data
consolidated from various data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating the citation-based metrics were
acquired on 06-12-2021. Position in the ranking is based on a
researcher’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which
takes into account only papers and citation
metrics for an examined discipline.
The scope of our Biology and Biochemistry research
Research.com’s best researchers ranking is a reliable lineup of leading scientists from the field of Biology and Biochemistry, based on a detailed examination of 166,880 scholars identified from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the area of Biology and Biochemistry, more than 23135 researchers were investigated.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Biology and Biochemistry
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be evaluated is established at 40 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Biology and Biochemistry. The acceptance criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the selected area as well as the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for listing top scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scholars estimated for each scientific field whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of best researchers are considered into the ranking. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Other verification methods
Since our main aim is to ensure that only credible researchers are listed in our ranking we are aware that raw data are never supposed to be an absolute means to evaluate the output of scholars. Because of that we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a factor impacting a scientist’s position in our ranking, the amount of documents published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a selected field of study. Position in the ranking is determined by each scholar’s D-index using information compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind available to the research community. A thorough overview of our research policy can be found on our methodology page.
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Key findings for Biology and Biochemistry
With 70 scholars Portugal ranks in spot 26 globally.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top researchers in Portugal is University of Porto with 17 researchers affiliated with it being present in the Biology and Biochemistry ranking. It is followed by University of Coimbra with 11 researchers. Ranking thirds is University of Porto with 6 scientists.
Prominent scholars featured in Portugal are affiliated with Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Bial (Portugal), Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Porto, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Catholic University of Portugal, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, University of Algarve, University of Coimbra.
Professor Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira from Polytechnic Institute of Bragança is listed as the best scientist in Portugal in our ranking with a D-index of 95. Ranking on the second place in Portugal is Catarina R. Oliveira from University of Coimbra with a D-index of 84. The third spot in Portugal is taken by F. Xavier Malcata from University of Porto with a D-index of 82.
The average D-index for the top 5% researchers is 85 against an average of 53 for all 70 researchers included in Research.com ranking.
The average number of publications within the discipline of Biology and Biochemistry for the top 5% of scientists in the ranking is 352 against an average of 190 for all 70 scientists.
The average number of citations for the top 5% researchers is 26852 against an average of 11898 for all 70 researchers.