The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scholars in the
discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities is based on data
combined from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating the citation-based metrics were
gathered 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 Social Sciences and Humanities research
Research.com’s best scholars ranking is a reliable account of leading researchers from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, based on a detailed examination of 166,880 researchers discovered from various bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, more than 15317 scientists were examined.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for approving a scientist to be evaluated is placed at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities. The acceptance criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the given discipline as well as the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for listing leading scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers projected for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading researchers are incorporated into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist’s general H-index and their D-index.
Other verification methods
As our primary goal is to guarantee that only credible researchers are included in our ranking we are aware that metrics are never supposed to be an absolute tool to evaluate the output of researchers. Because of that we manually inspect each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of trustworthy sources. Although it’s not a element impacting a scientist’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should be a credible secondary implication of their contribution to research in a given area of science. Position in the ranking is based on every scientist’s D-index with the help of data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-established bibliometric databases of this type available to the scientific community. A thorough overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
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Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
With 981 scholars United Kingdom ranks in spot 2 globally.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of leading scientists in United Kingdom is University College London with 83 scholars affiliated with it being present in our Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by University College London with 60 scientists. Ranking thirds is London School of Economics and Political Science with 48 scholars.
Prominent researchers present in United Kingdom are affiliated with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, St George's, University of London, Newcastle University, Lancaster University, MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Essex, University of East Anglia, University of Stirling, Northumbria University, University of Leicester.
Professor Martin McKee from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is highlighted as the best researcher in United Kingdom in our ranking with a D-index of 160. Ranking on spot no. 2 in United Kingdom is Robert Costanza from University College London with a D-index of 115. The third position in United Kingdom is occupied by Sonia Livingstone from London School of Economics and Political Science with a D-index of 112.
The average D-index for the top 1% scholars is 108 in comparison to an average of 45 for all 981 researchers featured in our ranking.
The average number of published articles in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 3% of scientists in the ranking is 447 in comparison to an average of 192 for all 981 researchers.
The average number of citations for the top 3% scholars is 50746 against an average of 14845 for all 981 researchers.