Best Immunology Scientists in South Africa

The 2nd edition of ranking of the best scholars in the discipline of Immunology was created using data combined from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating the citation-based metrics were gathered on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a researcher’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes publications and citation values for an examined discipline.
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The range of our Immunology research
Our best researchers ranking is a reliable account of leading scholars from the field of Immunology, created using a thorough examination of 166,880 scientists identified from various bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Immunology, over 8616 scholars were examined.

What is D-index acceptance threshold for Immunology
The D-index threshold for approving a scientist to be evaluated is set to 40 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Immunology. The approval factors for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, ratio of the publications made within the given area plus the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for considering best researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scholars assessed for each area od study whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scholars 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 rules
As our leading aim is to ensure that only credible researchers are mentioned in ranking we are aware that raw data are never meant to be a complete measure to evaluate the work of researchers. For that reason we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of reliable sources. Although it’s not a element impacting a researcher’s position in the ranking, the quantity of papers published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a specific area of science. Position in the ranking is determined by each scholar’s D-index using metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-known bibliometric databases of this type available to the scientific community. A detailed overview of our research procedures can be found on our methodology page.

Our goal
Our goal is to inspire scientists, entrepreneurs and decision-makers worldwide to examine where top experts are heading and to offer an opportunity for the whole scientific community to find out who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Immunology
With 12 scholars South Africa ranks in spot 23 globally.

As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top researchers in South Africa is University of Cape Town with 3 scientists affiliated with it being features in our Immunology ranking. It is followed by University of the Witwatersrand with 2 scholars. Ranking thirds is University of Cape Town with 2 scientists.

Prominent scholars featured in South Africa are associated with University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, Stellenbosch University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Pretoria, Aurum Institute, National Health Laboratory Service.

Professor Shabir A. Madhi from University of the Witwatersrand is listed as the best scholar in South Africa in our ranking with a D-index of 89. Ranking on the second place in South Africa is Lynn Morris from University of the Witwatersrand with a D-index of 88. The third place in South Africa is taken by Frank Brombacher from University of Cape Town with a D-index of 80.

The average D-index for the top 5% researchers is 89 against an average of 65 for all 12 scholars featured in ranking.

The average number of published articles within the field of Immunology for the top 10% of scholars in the ranking is 486 against an average of 270 for all 12 researchers.

The average number of citations for the top 5% researchers is 38339 against an average of 17616 for all 12 scientists.

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D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
672 World 1 National D-index 89 Citations 38,339 486
722 World 2 National D-index 88 Citations 27,058 338
996 World 3 National D-index 80 Citations 28,928 293
2017 World 5 National D-index 64 Citations 12,933 224
2099 World 6 National D-index 63 Citations 11,718 312
2245 World 7 National D-index 61 Citations 14,070 213
2322 World 8 National D-index 60 Citations 15,799 207
2376 World 9 National D-index 60 Citations 10,851 379
2629 World 10 National D-index 57 Citations 11,948 122
3560 World 11 National D-index 46 Citations 8,910 133
3858 World 12 National D-index 42 Citations 5,382 193

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