The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best researchers in the
discipline of Ecology and Evolution is based on data
derived from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating the citation-based metrics were
acquired on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a
scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which
takes into account only publications and citation
values for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Ecology and Evolution research
Our best researchers ranking is a reliable account of leading scholars from the field of Ecology and Evolution, created using a detailed study of 166,880 scholars determined from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the area of Ecology and Evolution, as many as 11774 scholars were analysed.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Ecology and Evolution
The D-index threshold for accepting a researcher to be evaluated is established at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the area of Ecology and Evolution. The approval criteria for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the specific discipline in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for including best researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scholars projected for each area od study whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading researchers are incorporated into the list. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist’s general H-index and their D-index.
Other verification methods
Because our leading goal is to ensure that only genuine researchers are mentioned in Research.com ranking we are aware that numbers are never meant to be a complete measure to evaluate the contributions of scientists. For that reason we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of credible sources. Although it’s not a element defining a researcher’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should form a credible secondary signal of their contribution to research in a selected area of science. Position in the ranking is based on every researcher’s D-index according to data collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-established bibliometric databases of this type accessible to the scientific community. A thorough definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our aim is to motivate scholars, businessmen and decision-makers around the world to explore where leading experts are heading and to provide a way for the entire scientific community to discover who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Ecology and Evolution
With 120 scientists Switzerland ranks in spot 10 globally.
As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading scientists in Switzerland is University of Zurich with 27 scientists affiliated with it being features in our Ecology and Evolution ranking. It is followed by University of Basel with 16 scholars. Ranking thirds is University of Zurich with 15 scientists.
Prominent scholars present in Switzerland are affiliated with University of Basel, University of Bern, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Geneva, University of Neuchâtel, International Union for Conservation of Nature, ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, University of Lausanne, University of Fribourg.
Professor Bernhard Schmid from University of Zurich is listed as the best scholar in Switzerland in our ranking with a D-index of 116. Ranking second in Switzerland is Christian Körner from University of Basel with a D-index of 113. The third spot in Switzerland is occupied by Carel P. van Schaik from University of Zurich with a D-index of 102.
The average D-index for the top 5% researchers is 104 against an average of 53 for all 120 scientists included in our ranking.
The average number of publications in the discipline of Ecology and Evolution for the top 3% of scholars in the ranking is 385 in comparison to an average of 164 for all 120 scientists.
The average number of citations for the top 3% researchers is 50851 against an average of 14202 for all 120 researchers.