The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scientists in the
arena of Physics relies os data
derived from various data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were
acquired on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a researcher’s
D-index (Discipline H-index), which takes into account only
papers and citation data for an examined discipline.
The range of our Physics research
Our best scholars ranking is a reliable lineup of leading scientists from the area of Physics, based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists determined from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the area of Physics, as many as 51178 researchers were examined.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Physics
The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be examined is set to 70 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Physics. The acceptance factors for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the selected discipline as well as the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for considering top researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scholars estimated for each scientific field whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are considered into the list. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist’s general H-index and their D-index.
Extra verification rules
Since our leading goal is to ensure that only genuine scholars are mentioned in the ranking we are aware that metrics are never supposed to be a complete measure to evaluate the output of researchers. For that reason we manually check every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Although it’s not a metric impacting a scholar’s position in Research.com ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a credible secondary implication of their contribution to research in a specific discipline. Position in the ranking is determined by every scholar’s D-index using metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind open to the scientific community. A comprehensive definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our aim is to motivate scholars, entrepreneurs and administrative bodies around the world to investigate where leading experts are heading and to give a way for the whole scientific community to find out who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Physics
As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading researchers in the world is Max Planck Society with 95 scholars affiliated with it being features in Research.com Physics ranking. It is followed by California Institute of Technology with 83 researchers. Ranking thirds is National Institute for Astrophysics with 80 scholars.
Prominent scientists listed in the world are affiliated with University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, The University of Texas at Arlington, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Belgrade, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Arizona, Brown University.
Professor Michael A. Strauss from University of Oklahoma is listed as the best researcher in the world in our ranking with a D-index of 292. Ranking second in the world is Donald P. Schneider from Pennsylvania State University with a D-index of 275. The third spot in the world is occupied by Joel Nathan Butler from Fermilab with a D-index of 251.
The average D-index for the top 10% researchers is 166 against an average of 98 for all scientists featured in our ranking.
The average number of published articles in the field of Physics for the top 5% of researchers in the ranking is 1259 in comparison to an average of 504 for all researchers.
The average number of citations for the top 3% researchers is 212808 against an average of 49681 for all researchers.