Best Molecular Biology Universities in Belgium 2023

The 2nd edition of ranking of the best universities in the field of Molecular Biology relies os data derived from various data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were collected on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a sum of D-indexes (Discipline H-index) of all ranking scientist's affiliated with a given institution. D-index takes into account only papers and citation values for an examined discipline.
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The focus of our Molecular Biology research’s best universities ranking is a reliable account of leading scientists from the discipline of Molecular Biology , based on a thorough study of 166,880 researchers identified from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the area of Molecular Biology, over 5724 researchers were investigated.

What is D-index inclusion threshold for Molecular Biology
The D-index threshold for including a scholar to be examined is established at 40 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Molecular Biology. The acceptance factors for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the specific field of study plus the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for including leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of researchers assessed for each scientific field whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of leading scholars are added into the list. 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 ensure that only actual scientists are included in our ranking we believe that numbers are never meant to be a full tool to assess the work of scientists. This is why we manually inspect each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of trustworthy sources. While it’s not a metric contributing to a scientist’s position in our ranking, the amount of papers published in major journals and conference proceedings should form a reliable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a selected area of science. Position in the ranking is established using each researcher’s D-index using metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-established bibliometric databases of this type open to the scientific community. A thorough definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Our agenda
Our goal is to inspire researchers, businessmen and politicians worldwide to explore where leading experts are heading and to give an opportunity for the whole scientific community to discover 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 Molecular Biology
With 6 universities Belgium ranks in spot 13 in the world.

As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of leading researchers in Belgium is Ghent University with 11 researchers affiliated with it being present in our Molecular Biology ranking. It is followed by KU Leuven with 4 researchers and Université Libre de Bruxelles with 3 researchers.

The most prominent scholars in the discipline of Molecular Biology in Belgium are representing Ghent University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Liège, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS, University of Mons. Ghent University is listed as the best university in the Belgium in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scientists at 952. Ranking second is KU Leuven with a total D-index of 257. The third spot is taken by Université Libre de Bruxelles with a total D-index of 243.

The average total D-index for the top 5% universities is 280 against an average of 280 for all 6 institutions listed in our ranking.

The average number of published papers in the field of Molecular Biology by scholars affiliated with the top 3% of scientists in the ranking is 989 in comparison to an average of 989 for all 6 universities.

The average number of citations of scientists affiliated with the top 3% universities is 89923 against an average of 89923 for all 6 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.
24 World 1 National Scholars 11 3,362 Σ D-index 952
98 World 2 National
KU Leuven

KU Leuven

Scholars 4 689 Σ D-index 257
101 World 3 National Scholars 3 1,023 Σ D-index 243
180 World 4 National Scholars 2 485 Σ D-index 127
286 World 5 National Scholars 1 238 Σ D-index 61
348 World 6 National Scholars 1 141 Σ D-index 40

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