Best Physics Scientists in Belgium

The 2nd edition of ranking of the best scientists in the discipline of Physics is based on data consolidated from various data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating 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 only includes publications and citation values for an examined discipline.
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The scope of our Physics research
Our best scientists ranking is a reliable list of leading scientists from the field of Physics, created using a thorough examination of 166,880 researchers determined from various bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Physics, as many as 51178 scholars were investigated.

What is D-index approval threshold for Physics
The D-index threshold for accepting a scholar to be considered is set to 70 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Physics. The inclusion criteria for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, ratio of the publications made within the specific area plus the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for considering top scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers estimated for each area od study whilst making sure that the top 1% of leading researchers are incorporated into the list. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.

Extra verification methods
Because our main goal is to guarantee that only actual researchers are mentioned in our ranking we are aware that raw data are never meant to be a complete tool to quantify the output of scholars. For that reason we manually check every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of trustworthy sources. Although it’s not a factor contributing to a researcher’s position in ranking, the quantity of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a credible secondary implication of their contribution to research in a specific area of science. Position in the ranking is based on each scholar’s D-index according to metrics collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-established bibliometric databases of this type open to the scientific community. A thorough overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Our agenda
Our goal is to inspire scholars, businessmen and politicians worldwide to investigate where prominent experts are heading and to give an opportunity for the whole research community to discover 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 Physics
With 12 scholars Belgium ranks in spot 20 in the world.

As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of leading scholars in Belgium is Ghent University with 3 scholars affiliated with it being listed in our Physics ranking. It is followed by University of Antwerp with 2 scientists. Ranking thirds is University of Liège with 2 scholars.

Prominent scholars ranking in Belgium are representing University of Antwerp, University of Liège, Ghent University, KU Leuven, Université Catholique de Louvain, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Royal Observatory of Belgium.

Professor Els A. De Wolf from University of Antwerp is listed as the best scientist in Belgium in our ranking with a D-index of 179. Ranking on spot no. 2 in Belgium is François M. Peeters from University of Antwerp with a D-index of 108. The third place in Belgium is taken by Michaël Gillon from University of Liège with a D-index of 105.

The average D-index for the top 3% researchers is 97 in comparison to an average of 97 for all 12 scientists listed in ranking.

The average number of published articles in the area of Physics for the top 5% of scholars in the ranking is 1387 in comparison to an average of 732 for all 12 researchers.

The average number of citations for the top 5% researchers is 155724 against an average of 45830 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.
103 World 1 National D-index 179 Citations 155,724 1,387
820 World 2 National D-index 108 Citations 52,445 1,466
937 World 3 National D-index 105 Citations 35,654 645
1074 World 4 National D-index 101 Citations 34,248 551
1099 World 5 National D-index 100 Citations 37,217 1,267
1266 World 6 National D-index 96 Citations 44,866 685
1467 World 7 National D-index 92 Citations 75,334 228
1772 World 8 National D-index 87 Citations 32,196 268
2202 World 9 National D-index 80 Citations 24,199 537
2601 World 10 National D-index 75 Citations 20,211 408
2799 World 11 National D-index 73 Citations 17,045 531
3062 World 12 National D-index 70 Citations 20,823 822

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