Best Social Sciences and Humanities Scientists in South Africa

The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of top Social Sciences and Humanities scientists is based on data collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on December 6th, 2021. Position in the ranking is based on a scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. Show more

Our best scientists ranking is a reliable list of leading scientists from the area of Social Sciences and Humanities, based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists on Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, over 10,371 profiles were examined.

The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be considered is set to 30 if most of their publications are in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The inclusion criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given discipline in addition to 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 researchers estimated for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are considered into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist's general H-index and their D-index.

Because the main goal is to ensure that only genuine researchers are included in the ranking we believe that numbers are never meant to be an absolute measure to quantify the contributions of scientists. This is why we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric defining a scientist’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from Microsoft Graph, which is the most prominent and well-established bibliometric database of this type available to the scientific community. A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page .

Our aim is to inspire scholars, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers worldwide to explore where leading 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.

World
National
Scholar
D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
Citations
Publications
30 World 1 National D-index 97 Citations 43,485 352
49 World 2 National D-index 90 Citations 39,160 294
290 World 3 National D-index 67 Citations 13,600 276
338 World 4 National D-index 66 Citations 21,697 240
364 World 5 National D-index 65 Citations 17,729 315
479 World 6 National D-index 62 Citations 11,793 308
555 World 7 National D-index 61 Citations 13,123 239
647 World 8 National D-index 59 Citations 10,986 356
696 World 9 National D-index 58 Citations 9,810 303
833 World 10 National D-index 56 Citations 10,494 294
875 World 11 National D-index 55 Citations 6,545 190
1127 World 12 National D-index 52 Citations 11,252 109
1245 World 13 National D-index 50 Citations 6,169 117
1328 World 14 National D-index 49 Citations 12,252 147
1824 World 15 National D-index 43 Citations 7,260 147
2236 World 16 National D-index 40 Citations 11,375 133
2362 World 17 National D-index 39 Citations 5,627 110
2390 World 18 National D-index 39 Citations 8,565 178
2410 World 19 National D-index 38 Citations 5,950 161
2619 World 20 National D-index 37 Citations 10,539 72
2915 World 21 National D-index 36 Citations 7,750 84
3188 World 22 National D-index 34 Citations 4,036 175
3219 World 23 National D-index 34 Citations 3,838 84
3316 World 24 National D-index 34 Citations 4,728 163
3480 World 25 National D-index 33 Citations 75,232 105
3538 World 26 National D-index 33 Citations 4,288 72
3600 World 28 National D-index 33 Citations 6,947 111
3609 World 27 National D-index 33 Citations 9,285 73
3679 World 30 National D-index 33 Citations 5,257 83
3755 World 29 National D-index 33 Citations 4,828 143
3979 World 31 National D-index 32 Citations 19,334 104
4137 World 33 National D-index 32 Citations 5,917 101
4138 World 34 National D-index 32 Citations 7,282 119
4139 World 32 National D-index 32 Citations 5,399 117
4324 World 35 National D-index 31 Citations 5,826 98
4481 World 36 National D-index 31 Citations 6,979 120
4538 World 38 National D-index 31 Citations 6,176 137
4690 World 37 National D-index 31 Citations 5,014 131
5307 World 40 National D-index 30 Citations 8,118 165
5308 World 39 National D-index 30 Citations 7,010 69

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