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 Lucy Gilson

Lucy Gilson

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 97 Citations 43,485 352
49 World 2 National Rachel Jewkes

Rachel Jewkes

South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
D-index 90 Citations 39,160 294
290 World 3 National Stephen Tollman

Stephen Tollman

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 67 Citations 13,600 276
338 World 4 National Linda Richter

Linda Richter

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 66 Citations 21,697 240
364 World 5 National David Sanders

David Sanders

University of the Western Cape, South Africa
D-index 65 Citations 17,729 315
479 World 6 National Kathleen Kahn

Kathleen Kahn

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 62 Citations 11,793 308
555 World 7 National John Eyles

John Eyles

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 61 Citations 13,123 239
647 World 8 National Christian M. Rogerson

Christian M. Rogerson

University of Johannesburg, South Africa
D-index 59 Citations 10,986 356
696 World 9 National Lenore Manderson

Lenore Manderson

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 58 Citations 9,810 303
833 World 10 National Leslie Swartz

Leslie Swartz

Stellenbosch University, South Africa
D-index 56 Citations 10,494 294
875 World 11 National Catherine Mathews

Catherine Mathews

South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
D-index 55 Citations 6,545 190
1127 World 12 National Robin Nunkoo

Robin Nunkoo

University of Johannesburg, South Africa
D-index 52 Citations 11,252 109
1245 World 13 National Inge Petersen

Inge Petersen

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
D-index 50 Citations 6,169 117
1328 World 14 National Leickness C. Simbayi

Leickness C. Simbayi

Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
D-index 49 Citations 12,252 147
1824 World 15 National Matthew Chersich

Matthew Chersich

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 43 Citations 7,260 147
2236 World 16 National Rashid M. Hassan

Rashid M. Hassan

University of Pretoria, South Africa
D-index 40 Citations 11,375 133
2362 World 17 National Mark A. Collinson

Mark A. Collinson

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 39 Citations 5,627 110
2390 World 18 National Ivan Turok

Ivan Turok

University of the Free State, South Africa
D-index 39 Citations 8,565 178
2410 World 19 National Solomon R. Benatar

Solomon R. Benatar

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 38 Citations 5,950 161
2619 World 20 National Kristin Dunkle

Kristin Dunkle

South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
D-index 37 Citations 10,539 72
2915 World 21 National Robert Morrell

Robert Morrell

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 36 Citations 7,750 84
3188 World 22 National Leslie London

Leslie London

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 34 Citations 4,036 175
3219 World 23 National Arvin Bhana

Arvin Bhana

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
D-index 34 Citations 3,838 84
3316 World 24 National Bronwyn Myers

Bronwyn Myers

South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
D-index 34 Citations 4,728 163
3480 World 25 National Richard Matzopoulos

Richard Matzopoulos

South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
D-index 33 Citations 75,232 105
3538 World 26 National John Imrie

John Imrie

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 33 Citations 4,288 72
3600 World 28 National Susan Parnell

Susan Parnell

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 33 Citations 6,947 111
3609 World 27 National Naeemah Abrahams

Naeemah Abrahams

South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
D-index 33 Citations 9,285 73
3679 World 30 National Colin Tredoux

Colin Tredoux

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 33 Citations 5,257 83
3755 World 29 National Asha George

Asha George

University of the Western Cape, South Africa
D-index 33 Citations 4,828 143
3979 World 31 National Osman Sankoh

Osman Sankoh

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 32 Citations 19,334 104
4137 World 33 National Mike Morris

Mike Morris

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 32 Citations 5,917 101
4138 World 34 National Harald Winkler

Harald Winkler

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 32 Citations 7,282 119
4139 World 32 National Melanie Walker

Melanie Walker

University of the Free State, South Africa
D-index 32 Citations 5,399 117
4324 World 35 National Karen J. Hofman

Karen J. Hofman

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 31 Citations 5,826 98
4481 World 36 National Ashraf Kagee

Ashraf Kagee

Stellenbosch University, South Africa
D-index 31 Citations 6,979 120
4538 World 38 National Nicoli Nattrass

Nicoli Nattrass

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 31 Citations 6,176 137
4690 World 37 National Murray Leibbrandt

Murray Leibbrandt

University of Cape Town, South Africa
D-index 31 Citations 5,014 131
5307 World 40 National Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D-index 30 Citations 8,118 165
5308 World 39 National Stella M. Nkomo

Stella M. Nkomo

University of Pretoria, South Africa
D-index 30 Citations 7,010 69

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