The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scholars in the
arena of Social Sciences and Humanities is based on data
combined from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for estimating the citation-based metrics were
collected on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a
researcher’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which
only includes papers and citation
values for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Research.com’s best scientists ranking is a credible lineup of leading researchers from the area of Social Sciences and Humanities, created using a detailed analysis of 166,880 scientists identified from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, more than 15317 scholars were analysed.
What is D-index approval threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for including a scientist to be examined is placed at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities. The acceptance criteria for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given area as well as the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for including top scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists estimated for each area od study whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of leading scholars are added into the ranking. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Extra verification rules
Because our leading goal is to make sure that only genuine scientists are mentioned in our ranking we are aware that raw data are never supposed to be a complete tool to quantify the output of scholars. Because of that we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of trustworthy sources. While it’s not a metric contributing to a scholar’s position in Research.com ranking, the amount of documents published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a specific field of study. Position in the ranking is determined by each scientist’s D-index using information gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-known bibliometric databases of this type open to the scientific community. A comprehensive overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our aim is to inspire researchers, businessmen and decision-makers around the world to explore where leading experts are heading and to give 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 3002 scientists United States ranks in spot 1 globally.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading scientists in United States is Harvard University with 114 scholars affiliated with it being present in Research.com Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by University of Minnesota with 106 scholars. Ranking thirds is Princeton University with 85 scholars.
Prominent scholars featured in United States are affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, REACH Institute, Waymark Care, Commonwealth Fund, National Development and Research Institutes, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, New York Academy of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rush University Medical Center.
Professor Herbert A. Simon from Carnegie Mellon University is featured as the best researcher in United States in our ranking with a D-index of 169. Ranking second in United States is Dianne Neumark-Sztainer from University of Minnesota with a D-index of 149. The third position in United States is occupied by Douglas S. Massey from Princeton University with a D-index of 132.
The average D-index for the top 1% scholars is 110 in comparison to an average of 44 for all 3002 researchers featured in our ranking.
The average number of published articles in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 10% of scholars in the ranking is 284 in comparison to an average of 154 for all 3002 scholars.
The average number of citations for the top 5% scientists is 53093 against an average of 16489 for all 3002 scientists.