The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scholars in the
field of Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data
combined from a wide range of 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 researcher’s
D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes
papers and citation values for an examined discipline.
The scope of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Our best scientists ranking is a credible list of leading scientists from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, established by means of a meticulous analysis of 166,880 scholars determined from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, as many as 15317 researchers were analysed.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for approving a scientist to be considered is established at 30 if most of their publications are in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities. The acceptance requirements for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the selected field of study in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for including best scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists projected for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of best scientists are considered into the ranking. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Other verification practices
Because our main mission is to make sure that only genuine researchers are included in the ranking we believe that metrics are never meant to be an absolute means to quantify the work of scientists. This is why we manually inspect every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of trustworthy sources. While it’s not a factor impacting a scientist’s position in the ranking, the number of documents published in prominent journals and conference proceedings should be a valuable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a selected discipline. Position in the ranking is established using every scientist’s D-index with the help of data gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-established bibliometric databases of this type open to the research community. A detailed explanation of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to motivate researchers, businessmen and politicians around the world to explore where leading experts are heading and to give a way for the whole scientific community to get to know who the leading experts in specific disciplines, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading researchers in the world is Harvard University with 114 scholars affiliated with it being listed in our Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with 107 researchers. Ranking thirds is University of California, Los Angeles with 85 researchers.
Prominent researchers featured in the world are representing London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of Cincinnati, University of South Australia, REACH Institute, National Taiwan Normal University, Sciences Po, University of Amsterdam, École Normale Supérieure, Bielefeld University, Carnegie Mellon University.
Professor Herbert A. Simon from Carnegie Mellon University is listed as the best researcher in the world in our ranking with a D-index of 169. Ranking on spot no. 2 in the world is Martin McKee from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with a D-index of 160. The third spot in the world is taken by Pierre Bourdieu from Collège de France with a D-index of 158.
The average D-index for the top 1% researchers is 107 in comparison to an average of 44 for all scholars listed in the ranking.
The average number of publications within the area of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 3% of researchers in the ranking is 388 in comparison to an average of 174 for all scholars.
The average number of citations for the top 5% scholars is 50706 against an average of 15019 for all researchers.