The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best researchers in the
field of Social Sciences and Humanities is based on data
consolidated from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising 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
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 researchers ranking is a reliable lineup of leading scientists from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, created using a thorough analysis of 166,880 researchers discovered from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, as many as 15317 scholars were investigated.
What is D-index approval threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for accepting a scientist to be considered is set to 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The approval requirements for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the given field of study as well as the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing top scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists estimated for each area od study whilst making sure that the top 1% of best researchers are added into the ranking. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Other verification rules
Because our primary mission is to ensure that only actual scholars are included in the ranking we believe that numbers are never meant to be a complete means to quantify the work of researchers. For that reason we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a factor impacting a researcher’s position in our ranking, the quantity of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a credible secondary signal of their contribution to research in a specific field of study. Position in the ranking is established using each researcher’s D-index according to metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-known bibliometric databases of this type open to the research community. A comprehensive overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to inspire researchers, entrepreneurs and decision-makers worldwide to examine where prominent experts are heading and to give a way for the entire scientific community to find out who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
With 21 scholars Ireland ranks in spot 21 in the world.
As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top scholars in Ireland is Trinity College Dublin with 4 scientists affiliated with it being features in the Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by Trinity College Dublin with 4 scholars. Ranking thirds is University College Cork with 3 scientists.
Prominent researchers featured in Ireland are representing National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway, Economic and Social Research Institute, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, University College Dublin, Dublin City University.
Professor Rob Kitchin from National University of Ireland, Maynooth is listed as the best scientist in Ireland in our ranking with a D-index of 69. Ranking on spot no. 2 in Ireland is Charles Normand from Trinity College Dublin with a D-index of 58. The third place in Ireland is occupied by Ella Arensman from University College Cork with a D-index of 58.
The average D-index for the top 10% scientists is 63 against an average of 41 for all 21 researchers listed in our ranking.
The average number of published papers in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 10% of researchers in the ranking is 324 against an average of 208 for all 21 scholars.
The average number of citations for the top 5% scholars is 30557 against an average of 9140 for all 21 scientists.