The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scientists in the
discipline of Psychology relies os data
derived from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising 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
includes exclusively publications and citation
values for an examined discipline.
The scope of our Psychology research
Our best scholars ranking is a credible account of leading scientists from the discipline of Psychology, created using a thorough examination of 166,880 scientists determined from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Psychology, more than 15018 scientists were investigated.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Psychology
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be evaluated is established at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Psychology. The acceptance factors for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the selected area plus the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing best scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scientists estimated for each scientific field whilst making sure that the top 1% of best scholars are added into the list. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Extra verification rules
Because our primary goal is to ensure that only credible researchers are included in Research.com ranking we believe that metrics are never meant to be a complete means to evaluate the output of researchers. This is why we manually check every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Although it’s not a factor contributing to a scientist’s position in Research.com ranking, the number of papers published in prominent journals and conference proceedings should form a credible secondary implication of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is based on every researcher’s D-index with the help of information collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-established bibliometric databases of this type open to the scientific community. A comprehensive overview of our research policy can be found on our methodology page.
Our aim is to motivate scientists, companies and decision-makers worldwide to explore where top experts are heading and to give an opportunity for the whole research community to get to know who the leading experts in specific disciplines, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Psychology
With 120 scholars Belgium ranks in spot 8 in the world.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top researchers in Belgium is KU Leuven with 47 scholars affiliated with it being listed in our Psychology ranking. It is followed by Ghent University with 33 scientists. Ranking thirds is Ghent University with 15 scientists.
Prominent scientists ranking in Belgium are affiliated with Ghent University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain, University of Liège, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Antwerp, Janssen (Belgium), Ghent University Hospital, KU Leuven, University of Namur.
Professor Wilmar B. Schaufeli from KU Leuven is highlighted as the best researcher in Belgium in our ranking with a D-index of 164. Ranking on spot no. 2 in Belgium is Maarten Vansteenkiste from Ghent University with a D-index of 111. The third place in Belgium is taken by Geert Crombez from Ghent University with a D-index of 104.
The average D-index for the top 10% scientists is 96 against an average of 52 for all 120 researchers included in Research.com ranking.
The average number of published papers in the area of Psychology for the top 1% of scholars in the ranking is 513 in comparison to an average of 253 for all 120 scholars.
The average number of citations for the top 5% researchers is 60667 against an average of 13280 for all 120 scholars.