The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of the best researchers in the
arena of Psychology is based on data
derived from a wide range of data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were
gathered on 06-12-2021. Position in the ranking is based on a
researcher’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which
includes exclusively publications and citation
metrics for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Psychology research
Research.com’s best scientists ranking is a credible list of leading scholars from the area of Psychology, based on a thorough analysis of 166,880 scholars determined from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Psychology, more than 12536 scientists were examined.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Psychology
The D-index threshold for including a researcher to be examined is set to 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the discipline of Psychology. The inclusion factors for researchers to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the specific area as well as the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for listing leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists projected for each discipline whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of best scientists are added into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Additional verification methods
Since our primary goal is to ensure that only credible scholars are mentioned in our ranking we believe that raw data are never supposed to be an absolute measure to evaluate the work of researchers. For that reason we manually check every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of reliable sources. Even though it’s not a factor impacting a researcher’s position in the ranking, the amount of papers published in major journals and conference proceedings should be a credible secondary indication of their contribution to research in a given field of study. Position in the ranking is established using every scholar’s D-index using data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-established bibliometric databases of this type accessible to the research community. A comprehensive definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
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Key findings for Psychology
With 49 scientists New Zealand ranks in spot 17 globally.
As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top researchers in New Zealand is University of Auckland with 12 scientists affiliated with it being features in the Psychology ranking. It is followed by Victoria University of Wellington with 12 scientists. Ranking thirds is Victoria University of Wellington with 10 scholars.
Prominent scientists featured in New Zealand are representing University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato.
Professor David M. Fergusson from University of Otago is listed as the best researcher in New Zealand in our ranking with a D-index of 132. Ranking on spot no. 2 in New Zealand is Tony Ward from Victoria University of Wellington with a D-index of 86. The third place in New Zealand is taken by Jeff Sigafoos from Victoria University of Wellington with a D-index of 74.
The average D-index for the top 10% researchers is 86 against an average of 47 for all 49 scholars listed in the ranking.
The average number of publications within the discipline of Psychology for the top 5% of scientists in the ranking is 332 against an average of 138 for all 49 researchers.
The average number of citations for the top 1% scientists is 13940 against an average of 13940 for all 49 scientists.