The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scholars in the
arena of Physics was created using data
derived from various 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
scholar’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which
only includes publications and citation
metrics for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Physics research
Our best scientists ranking is a trustworthy account of leading scientists from the area of Physics, established by means of a meticulous study of 166,880 researchers identified from various bibliometric data sources. For the field of Physics, over 51178 scientists were investigated.
What is D-index approval threshold for Physics
The D-index threshold for including a researcher to be examined is placed at 70 if most of their publications are in the area of Physics. The acceptance factors for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the selected area as well as the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing best researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scholars projected for each scientific field whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of best researchers are considered into the list. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist’s general H-index and their D-index.
Extra verification rules
As our primary mission is to make sure that only genuine scientists are listed in our ranking we believe that metrics are never meant to be an absolute measure to evaluate the work of scientists. For that reason we manually check every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of credible sources. While it’s not a factor impacting a scholar’s position in our ranking, the quantity of papers published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should form a valuable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a given area of science. Position in the ranking is determined by each researcher’s D-index according to metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-known bibliometric databases of this type accessible to the research community. A detailed overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our mission is to motivate researchers, entrepreneurs and administrative bodies around the world to investigate where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the whole research community to get to know who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Physics
With 275 researchers Germany ranks in spot 3 globally.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top scientists in Germany is Max Planck Society with 95 scientists affiliated with it being listed in Research.com Physics ranking. It is followed by Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics with 14 researchers. Ranking thirds is Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with 13 researchers.
Prominent researchers listed in Germany are representing Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Freiburg, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, European Southern Observatory, Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Robert Bosch GmbH, University of Hannover.
Professor Simon D. M. White from Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics is listed as the best scientist in Germany in our ranking with a D-index of 221. Ranking on the second place in Germany is Reinhard Genzel from Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics with a D-index of 203. The third place in Germany is taken by Hermann Kolanoski from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with a D-index of 200.
The average D-index for the top 5% scientists is 177 in comparison to an average of 96 for all 275 researchers featured in the ranking.
The average number of published articles in the discipline of Physics for the top 3% of scholars in the ranking is 979 against an average of 529 for all 275 researchers.
The average number of citations for the top 10% researchers is 121783 against an average of 44249 for all 275 scholars.