The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scholars in the
arena of Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data
combined from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for estimating the citation-based metrics were
gathered on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a
scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which
only includes 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 reliable lineup of leading researchers from the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, established by means of a thorough analysis of 166,880 scientists determined from various bibliometric data sources. For the area of Social Sciences and Humanities, over 15317 researchers were analysed.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for approving a scientist to be considered is placed at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities. The approval requirements for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the specific discipline plus the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing top 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 scholars are added into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Extra verification rules
As our primary goal is to make sure that only genuine researchers are mentioned in our ranking we are aware that numbers are never supposed to be a complete tool to assess the output of scientists. For that reason we manually verify every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of trustworthy sources. Although it’s not a element impacting a scholar’s position in our ranking, the amount of papers published in prominent journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a specific discipline. Position in the ranking is established using each scientist’s D-index using information gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-established bibliometric databases of this kind accessible to the research community. A detailed overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to motivate scholars, companies and decision-makers worldwide to investigate where top experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the entire scientific community to discover who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
With 44 scholars Switzerland ranks in spot 16 globally.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top researchers in Switzerland is University of Zurich with 8 scholars affiliated with it being features in the Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by ETH Zurich with 8 scientists. Ranking thirds is University of Lausanne with 5 scientists.
Prominent scientists featured in Switzerland are associated with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, University of Zurich, University of Basel, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, World Health Organization, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Fribourg, University of Bern, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, University of Neuchâtel.
Professor Didier Sornette from ETH Zurich is highlighted as the best scholar in Switzerland in our ranking with a D-index of 107. Ranking on spot no. 2 in Switzerland is Dirk Helbing from ETH Zurich with a D-index of 82. The third position in Switzerland is occupied by Gerhard Gmel from University of Lausanne with a D-index of 76.
The average D-index for the top 1% scholars is 42 against an average of 42 for all 44 scientists featured in Research.com ranking.
The average number of publications in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 5% of researchers in the ranking is 556 in comparison to an average of 196 for all 44 scholars.
The average number of citations for the top 10% scientists is 40369 against an average of 12224 for all 44 scholars.