The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best researchers in the
field of Ecology and Evolution is based on data
derived from various data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were
collected on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a
scholar’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which
includes exclusively papers and citation
data for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Ecology and Evolution research
Research.com’s best scholars ranking is a reliable list of leading researchers from the discipline of Ecology and Evolution, based on a meticulous study of 166,880 scholars identified from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the field of Ecology and Evolution, over 11774 researchers were analysed.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Ecology and Evolution
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be examined is set to 30 if most of their publications are in the area of Ecology and Evolution. The inclusion criteria for researchers to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the given area as well as the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists projected for each area od study whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of best researchers are considered into the list. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Other verification rules
Since our leading goal is to guarantee that only actual scholars are listed in Research.com ranking we are aware that raw data are never supposed to be a complete means to evaluate the work of scholars. This is why we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad 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 major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a valuable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a given field of study. Position in the ranking is based on each scholar’s D-index according to metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind available to the research community. A comprehensive overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to motivate scientists, entrepreneurs and decision-makers worldwide to investigate where prominent experts are heading and to offer a way for the whole scientific community to find out who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Ecology and Evolution
With 462 scholars Australia ranks in spot 3 in the world.
As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top scientists in Australia is James Cook University with 38 researchers affiliated with it being listed in Research.com Ecology and Evolution ranking. It is followed by Australian National University with 37 scientists. Ranking thirds is James Cook University with 28 scientists.
Prominent scholars present in Australia are affiliated with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Curtin University, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Canberra, Charles Darwin University, University of Wollongong, University of New England, Deakin University.
Professor Hugh P. Possingham from University of Queensland is highlighted as the best scientist in Australia in our ranking with a D-index of 146. Ranking second in Australia is David B. Lindenmayer from Australian National University with a D-index of 138. The third position in Australia is occupied by William F. Laurance from James Cook University with a D-index of 135.
The average D-index for the top 10% scientists is 93 in comparison to an average of 50 for all 462 researchers listed in Research.com ranking.
The average number of published papers within the field of Ecology and Evolution for the top 10% of researchers in the ranking is 365 against an average of 178 for all 462 scientists.
The average number of citations for the top 10% scientists is 42006 against an average of 13236 for all 462 researchers.