Best Biology and Biochemistry Universities in Belgium 2022

The 1st edition of ranking of the best universities in the discipline of Biology and Biochemistry was created using data combined from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were gathered on 06-12-2021. Position in the ranking is based on a sum of D-indexes (Discipline H-index) of all ranking researcher’s affiliated with a given institution. D-index takes into account only papers and citation data for an examined discipline.
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The range of our Biology and Biochemistry research
Our best universities ranking is a credible list of leading scientists from the field of Biology and Biochemistry , based on a meticulous study of 166,880 scientists discovered from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the area of Biology and Biochemistry, more than 23135 researchers were analysed.

What is D-index approval threshold for Biology and Biochemistry
The D-index threshold for accepting a researcher to be considered is set to 40 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Biology and Biochemistry. The inclusion criteria for researchers to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the specific area plus the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing top scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers projected for each area od study whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of leading researchers are incorporated into the list. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.

Extra verification practices
Since our main mission is to make sure that only actual scientists are listed in the ranking we believe that metrics are never supposed to be a complete measure to quantify the output of scholars. Because of that we manually inspect every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of reliable sources. While it’s not a factor contributing to a scholar’s position in ranking, the quantity of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a valuable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a specific discipline. Position in the ranking is established using every scholar’s D-index using data gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind accessible to the research community. A detailed overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Our agenda
Our objective is to inspire scientists, entrepreneurs and administrative bodies worldwide to explore where prominent experts are heading and to give a way for the entire research community to get to know who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Biology and Biochemistry
With 10 universities Belgium ranks in spot 20 in the world.

As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top scholars in Belgium is KU Leuven with 83 scientists affiliated with it being listed in Biology and Biochemistry ranking. It is followed by Ghent University with 66 scientists and University of Liège with 19 researchers.

The most prominent scientists in the discipline of Biology and Biochemistry in Belgium are affiliated with Hasselt University, Rega Institute for Medical Research, InnovaFood, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, European Union, Ludwig Cancer Research, University of Antwerp, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, University of Namur. KU Leuven is featured as the best university in the Belgium in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scientists at 5174. Ranking on the second place is Ghent University with a total D-index of 3850. The third position is taken by University of Liège with a total D-index of 1063.

The average total D-index for the top 10% universities is 5174 in comparison to an average of 1429 for all 10 institutions included in our ranking.

The average number of published articles in the discipline of Biology and Biochemistry by scholars affiliated with the top 1% of scholars in the ranking is 15815 in comparison to an average of 4342 for all 10 universities.

The average number of citations of researchers affiliated with the top 1% universities is 1414186 against an average of 365141 for all 10 universities.

University Details
Σ Publications
Σ 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.
18 World 1 National
KU Leuven

KU Leuven

Scholars 83 15,815 Σ D-index 5,174
36 World 2 National Scholars 66 11,833 Σ D-index 3,850
176 World 3 National Scholars 19 3,819 Σ D-index 1,063
179 World 4 National Scholars 19 3,003 Σ D-index 1,055
186 World 5 National Scholars 19 2,643 Σ D-index 1,021
225 World 6 National Scholars 17 2,496 Σ D-index 845
235 World 7 National Scholars 14 2,424 Σ D-index 814
472 World 8 National Scholars 5 763 Σ D-index 267
620 World 9 National Scholars 2 457 Σ D-index 155
1016 World 10 National Scholars 1 171 Σ D-index 46

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