The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best universities in the discipline of
Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data consolidated from
multiple data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for
devising the citation-based metrics were gathered on 21-12-2022. Position
in the ranking is based on a sum of D-indexes (Discipline H-index) of all ranking
scholar’s affiliated with a given institution. D-index
includes exclusively papers and citation
metrics for an examined discipline.
The range of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Research.com’s best universities ranking is a trustworthy list of leading scholars from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, created using a thorough examination of 166,880 researchers determined from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, over 15317 scientists were investigated.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be examined is placed at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities. The approval factors for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the selected discipline 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 researchers estimated for each area od study whilst ensuring that the top 1% of best scholars are incorporated into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Other verification rules
Since our leading mission is to make sure that only genuine scholars are listed in Research.com ranking we believe that raw data are never supposed to be an absolute tool to assess the work of researchers. Because of that we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of reliable sources. Although it’s not a metric contributing to a scholar’s position in our ranking, the quantity of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should form a reliable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is established using every scholar’s D-index with the help of information compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-established bibliometric databases of this type available to the research community. A comprehensive explanation of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to motivate researchers, companies and decision-makers worldwide to explore where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the whole scientific community to discover 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 scientific affiliations are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of leading researchers in the world is Harvard University with 110 scholars affiliated with it being listed in our Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with 94 scientists and University College London with 80 scientists.
The most prominent scholars in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities 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.
Harvard University is listed as the best university in the world in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scholars at 5668. Ranking on the second place in the world is University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with a total D-index of 4379. The third position in the world is occupied by University College London with a total D-index of 3642.
The average total D-index for the top 1% universities is 307 in comparison to an average of 307 for all 766 institutions included in Research.com ranking.
The average number of published articles within the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities by scholars affiliated with the top 10% of scientists in the ranking is 1227 against an average of 1227 for all 766 universities.
The average number of citations of researchers affiliated with the top 1% universities is 101256 against an average of 101256 for all 766 universities.