The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scientists in the
arena of Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data
consolidated from various 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
includes exclusively papers and citation
values for an examined discipline.
The range of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Our best researchers ranking is a reliable list of leading researchers from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, created using a detailed analysis of 166,880 researchers determined from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, more than 15317 scientists were analysed.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be evaluated is established at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The inclusion factors for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the selected field of study plus the awards and achievements of the scientists. 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 scientific field whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of leading scholars are added into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Additional verification practices
As our primary mission is to ensure that only actual researchers are included in our ranking we realize that metrics are never supposed to be an absolute tool to assess the contributions of scientists. Because of that we manually inspect every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of reliable sources. Although it’s not a factor contributing to a researcher’s position in the ranking, the quantity of papers published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should constitute a credible secondary implication of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is determined by each scientist’s D-index using information compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-established bibliometric databases of this kind available to the scientific community. A thorough overview of our research policy can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to motivate scholars, entrepreneurs and decision-makers worldwide to explore where prominent experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the whole research community to find out who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
With 234 scientists Netherlands ranks in spot 5 in the world.
As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading scientists in Netherlands is Maastricht University with 35 researchers affiliated with it being present in our Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by Maastricht University with 35 researchers. Ranking thirds is University of Amsterdam with 32 scholars.
Prominent scientists featured in Netherlands are associated with University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, Tilburg University, Wageningen University & Research, University Medical Center Groningen, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Groningen, Leiden University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Professor Loet Leydesdorff from University of Amsterdam is highlighted as the best researcher in Netherlands in our ranking with a D-index of 103. Ranking on the second place in Netherlands is Cees P. M. van der Vleuten from Maastricht University with a D-index of 102. The third spot in Netherlands is taken by Anton E. Kunst from University of Amsterdam with a D-index of 99.
The average D-index for the top 10% researchers is 77 against an average of 43 for all 234 scholars included in the ranking.
The average number of published articles in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 3% of researchers in the ranking is 415 against an average of 181 for all 234 researchers.
The average number of citations for the top 1% scientists is 45735 against an average of 13250 for all 234 researchers.