The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best universities in the field
of Materials Science was created using data consolidated from
multiple data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for
estimating the citation-based metrics were acquired on 21-12-2022.
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
only includes publications and citation
data for an examined discipline.
The scope of our Materials Science research
Our best universities ranking is a trustworthy lineup of leading researchers from the field of Materials Science , established by means of a meticulous study of 166,880 scientists discovered from various bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Materials Science, over 17130 scholars were analysed.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Materials Science
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be evaluated is placed at 40 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Materials Science. The acceptance criteria for researchers to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, ratio of the publications made within the given field of study in addition to the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing best researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of scholars estimated for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are considered into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Additional verification methods
Since our leading mission is to ensure that only actual scientists are mentioned in our ranking we realize that metrics are never meant to be a full tool to evaluate the contributions of scientists. Because of that we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of reliable sources. Even though it’s not a metric impacting a scientist’s position in Research.com ranking, the amount of papers published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should form a reliable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a selected discipline. Position in the ranking is established using each scholar’s D-index using metrics collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-known bibliometric databases of this type available to the research community. A thorough definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
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Key findings for Materials Science
With 57 institutions Germany ranks in spot 5 in the world.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top researchers in Germany is TU Dresden with 22 scientists affiliated with it being features in the Materials Science ranking. It is followed by University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with 22 scholars and RWTH Aachen University with 19 researchers.
The most prominent scholars in the discipline of Materials Science in Germany are associated with Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, TU Dresden, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, Max Planck Society, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, University of Cologne, RWTH Aachen University. TU Dresden is featured as the best university in the Germany in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scholars at 1659. Ranking on the second place is University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with a total D-index of 1490. The third position is occupied by RWTH Aachen University with a total D-index of 1243.
The average total D-index for the top 1% universities is 400 in comparison to an average of 400 for all 57 institutions included in Research.com ranking.
The average number of published articles within the area of Materials Science by scholars affiliated with the top 5% of scholars in the ranking is 2090 in comparison to an average of 2090 for all 57 universities.
The average number of citations of researchers affiliated with the top 5% universities is 110499 against an average of 110499 for all 57 universities.