Best Law and Political Science Scientists in Belgium

The 1st edition of ranking of the best scientists in the discipline of Law and Political Science was created using data derived from multiple 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 scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes publications and citation values for an examined discipline.
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The scope of our Law and Political Science research’s best scientists ranking is a reliable account of leading scholars from the discipline of Law and Political Science, created using a detailed examination of 166,880 scholars discovered from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the field of Law and Political Science, as many as 3028 researchers were examined.

What is D-index approval threshold for Law and Political Science
The D-index threshold for approving a scientist to be evaluated is set to 20 if the majority of of their publications are in the area of Law and Political Science. The acceptance requirements for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given area plus the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for including leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scholars estimated for each area od study whilst making sure that the top 1% of leading scholars are added into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.

Other verification methods
Since our main goal is to make sure that only genuine scholars are listed in ranking we are aware that numbers are never supposed to be an absolute tool to quantify the contributions of scientists. This is why we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of trustworthy sources. Although it’s not a factor defining a scholar’s position in ranking, the number of papers published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should form a reliable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-established bibliometric databases of this kind open to the research community. A detailed explanation of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Our agenda
Our objective is to inspire researchers, businessmen and decision-makers around the world to explore where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the whole research community to find out who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Law and Political Science
With 20 scholars Belgium ranks in spot 11 in the world.

As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading researchers in Belgium is KU Leuven with 5 scientists affiliated with it being features in our Law and Political Science ranking. It is followed by KU Leuven with 5 scientists. Ranking thirds is University of Antwerp with 3 scholars.

Prominent scientists ranking in Belgium are representing KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Bruegel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University, Université Catholique de Louvain, University of Liège, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Professor Marc Hooghe from KU Leuven is featured as the best researcher in Belgium in our ranking with a D-index of 60. Ranking on the second place in Belgium is Christopher Pollitt from KU Leuven with a D-index of 50. The third position in Belgium is occupied by Stefaan Walgrave from University of Antwerp with a D-index of 44.

The average D-index for the top 5% scholars is 60 in comparison to an average of 28 for all 20 researchers included in ranking.

The average number of publications in the field of Law and Political Science for the top 1% of scientists in the ranking is 103 in comparison to an average of 103 for all 20 scientists.

The average number of citations for the top 1% scholars is 6029 against an average of 6029 for all 20 scholars.

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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.
48 World 1 National D-index 60 Citations 13,441 270
108 World 2 National D-index 50 Citations 19,876 122
158 World 3 National D-index 44 Citations 9,682 127
294 World 4 National D-index 34 Citations 5,937 155
308 World 5 National D-index 33 Citations 14,775 173
425 World 6 National D-index 30 Citations 6,878 90
494 World 7 National D-index 28 Citations 5,899 105
683 World 8 National D-index 26 Citations 4,702 75
803 World 9 National D-index 25 Citations 5,049 131
938 World 10 National D-index 23 Citations 3,022 109
1109 World 11 National D-index 22 Citations 1,959 71
1164 World 12 National D-index 22 Citations 2,326 52
1235 World 13 National D-index 22 Citations 4,464 49
1297 World 14 National D-index 21 Citations 3,442 147
1331 World 15 National D-index 21 Citations 2,915 69
1373 World 16 National D-index 21 Citations 2,876 54
1456 World 17 National D-index 21 Citations 3,568 67
1457 World 18 National D-index 21 Citations 4,022 77
1498 World 19 National D-index 20 Citations 3,232 69
1607 World 20 National D-index 20 Citations 2,516 49

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