The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of the best scholars in the
field of Chemistry is based on data
consolidated from various data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating the citation-based metrics were
collected on 06-12-2021. Position in the ranking is based on a scholar’s
D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes
papers and citation data for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Chemistry research
Our best scholars ranking is a trustworthy list of leading scientists from the field of Chemistry, established by means of a detailed analysis of 166,880 researchers identified from various bibliometric data sources. For the field of Chemistry, over 35760 scholars were analysed.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Chemistry
The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be considered is placed at 40 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Chemistry. The approval requirements for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the selected area in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for listing best scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scientists projected for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are incorporated into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Extra verification practices
Because our primary mission is to make sure that only genuine scientists are mentioned in Research.com ranking we realize that raw data are never meant to be a full tool to quantify the contributions of scientists. This is why we manually inspect each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of trustworthy sources. Even though it’s not a metric defining a scholar’s position in our ranking, the number of documents published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should be a reliable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a selected discipline. Position in the ranking is based on each researcher’s D-index using metrics collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-known bibliometric databases of this type available to the scientific community. A thorough explanation of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our goal is to inspire scientists, entrepreneurs and politicians around the world to investigate where top experts are heading and to give an opportunity for the entire scientific community to discover who the leading experts in specific disciplines, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Chemistry
As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top scholars in the world is Chinese Academy of Sciences with 285 scientists affiliated with it being features in the Chemistry ranking. It is followed by Kyoto University with 129 scholars. Ranking thirds is Spanish National Research Council with 127 scholars.
Prominent researchers listed in the world are affiliated with Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Collège de France, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Ewha Womans University, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, University of Hong Kong, Royal Institute of Technology.
Professor Michael Grätzel from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is featured as the best scientist in the world in our ranking with a D-index of 238. Ranking second in the world is George M. Whitesides from Harvard University with a D-index of 227. The third spot in the world is occupied by Jens K. Nørskov from Technical University of Denmark with a D-index of 223.
The average D-index for the top 5% scholars is 113 in comparison to an average of 59 for all researchers listed in our ranking.
The average number of published papers within the discipline of Chemistry for the top 5% of researchers in the ranking is 549 in comparison to an average of 230 for all researchers.
The average number of citations for the top 10% researchers is 40819 against an average of 14050 for all researchers.