The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scientists in the
arena of Social Sciences and Humanities was created using data
combined from a wide range of data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for estimating 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
metrics for an examined discipline.
The range of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Research.com’s best scientists ranking is a trustworthy list of leading scientists from the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, established by means of a detailed examination of 166,880 scientists discovered from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, more than 15317 scientists were examined.
What is D-index approval threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for including a researcher to be examined is placed at 30 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities. The inclusion requirements for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the specific area plus the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for including leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scientists estimated for each area od study whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of leading scientists are added into the list. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Additional verification rules
As our leading aim is to ensure that only genuine scientists are mentioned in the ranking we realize that raw data are never supposed to be an absolute means to evaluate the work of scientists. For that reason we manually verify every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of reliable sources. Although it’s not a factor contributing to a scientist’s position in our ranking, the amount of papers published in prominent journals and conference proceedings should form a reliable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a specific area of science. Position in the ranking is determined by each scientist’s D-index using metrics compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-established bibliometric databases of this type open 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 Social Sciences and Humanities
With 376 researchers Canada ranks in spot 4 in the world.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading scientists in Canada is University of Toronto with 59 scholars affiliated with it being features in Research.com Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by McMaster University with 47 researchers. Ranking thirds is McMaster University with 35 researchers.
Prominent researchers featured in Canada are affiliated with University of Victoria, McGill University, Queen's University, McGill University Health Centre, University of Windsor, York University, Concordia University, University of Toronto, University of Calgary, Athabasca University.
Professor Michael H. Boyle from McMaster University is featured as the best scientist in Canada in our ranking with a D-index of 109. Ranking on spot no. 2 in Canada is Henry A. Giroux from McMaster University with a D-index of 99. The third position in Canada is taken by Amiram Gafni from McMaster University with a D-index of 94.
The average D-index for the top 5% scientists is 85 in comparison to an average of 43 for all 376 scholars listed in the ranking.
The average number of published articles within the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 3% of researchers in the ranking is 424 in comparison to an average of 168 for all 376 scholars.
The average number of citations for the top 1% researchers is 44057 against an average of 12599 for all 376 scholars.