The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best scientists in the
field of Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data
derived from various 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 scientist's
D-index (Discipline H-index), which takes into account only
papers and citation values for an examined discipline.
The scope of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Our best researchers ranking is a reliable list of leading scholars from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, created using a detailed analysis of 166,880 researchers identified from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, more than 15317 scholars were investigated.
What is D-index approval threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be examined is set to 30 if most of their publications are in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The acceptance criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the selected field of study as well as the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing leading scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scientists assessed for each scientific field whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of leading scholars are added into the ranking. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Additional verification rules
As our primary aim is to make sure that only credible scientists are included in Research.com ranking we believe that metrics are never supposed to be an absolute measure to evaluate the work of researchers. For that reason we manually verify every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of reliable sources. Although it’s not a metric defining a researcher’s position in Research.com ranking, the amount of documents published in prominent journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a selected area of science. Position in the ranking is established using each researcher’s D-index with the help of information collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-established bibliometric databases of this type open to the research community. A thorough definition of our research procedures can be found on our methodology page.
Our aim is to inspire scholars, companies and politicians around the world to investigate where top experts are heading and to provide a way for the entire scientific community to get to know 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
As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top scholars in the world 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 Michigan–Ann Arbor with 106 researchers. Ranking thirds is University of California, Los Angeles with 85 scientists.
Prominent researchers ranking in the world are representing Collège de France, Goethe University Frankfurt, London School of Economics and Political Science, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, REACH Institute, University of Amsterdam, Maastricht University, Sciences Po, National Taiwan Normal University, École Normale Supérieure.
Professor Herbert A. Simon from Carnegie Mellon University is highlighted as the best scholar 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 place in the world is occupied by Pierre Bourdieu from Collège de France with a D-index of 158.
The average D-index for the top 10% scientists is 77 in comparison to an average of 44 for all researchers featured in our ranking.
The average number of published articles in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities for the top 3% of scholars in the ranking is 389 against an average of 174 for all scientists.
The average number of citations for the top 10% researchers is 40997 against an average of 15020 for all scholars.