Best Social Sciences and Humanities Universities in Australia 2023

The 2nd edition of ranking of the best universities in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities is based on data derived from various data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising 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 scientist's affiliated with a given institution. D-index includes exclusively papers and citation data for an examined discipline.
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The scope of our Social Sciences and Humanities research’s best universities ranking is a reliable list of leading scientists from the area of Social Sciences and Humanities , established by means of a meticulous study of 166,880 researchers identified from multiple bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, as many as 15317 researchers were examined.

What is D-index approval threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for accepting a scientist to be considered is set to 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The acceptance 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 field of study as well as the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for listing top researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers projected for each scientific field whilst ensuring 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 methods
As our primary mission is to make sure that only credible scholars are listed in the ranking we realize that raw data are never supposed to be a full tool to evaluate the work of scientists. This is why we manually inspect each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of reliable sources. Even though it’s not a factor impacting a researcher’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should be a credible secondary implication of their contribution to research in a given field of study. Position in the ranking is established using each researcher’s D-index using information collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-known bibliometric databases of this type available to the scientific community. A comprehensive definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

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Our aim is to motivate scientists, companies and decision-makers around the world to explore where leading experts are heading and to offer a way for the whole research community to find out who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
With 36 universities Australia ranks in spot 5 in the world.

As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of leading researchers in Australia is University of Sydney with 47 researchers affiliated with it being listed in Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by University of Melbourne with 45 scholars and University of New South Wales with 27 scholars.

The most prominent scientists in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities in Australia are representing University of New South Wales, Curtin University, Deakin University, University of Newcastle Australia, Telethon Kids Institute, Macquarie University, Australian Catholic University, James Cook University, RMIT University, Queensland University of Technology. University of Sydney is highlighted as the best university in the Australia in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking researchers at 2060. Ranking second is University of Melbourne with a total D-index of 1993. The third position is taken by University of New South Wales with a total D-index of 1367.

The average total D-index for the top 10% universities is 498 in comparison to an average of 498 for all 36 institutions included in ranking.

The average number of publications in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities by scholars affiliated with the top 3% of scientists in the ranking is 2561 against an average of 2561 for all 36 universities.

The average number of citations of scientists affiliated with the top 5% universities is 136651 against an average of 136651 for all 36 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 Scholars 47 9,732 Σ D-index 2,060
21 World 2 National Scholars 45 10,263 Σ D-index 1,993
39 World 3 National Scholars 27 6,273 Σ D-index 1,367
49 World 4 National
Monash University

Monash University

Scholars 27 6,093 Σ D-index 1,149
56 World 5 National Scholars 25 6,446 Σ D-index 1,076
63 World 6 National Scholars 22 4,575 Σ D-index 962
80 World 7 National Scholars 18 4,455 Σ D-index 791
82 World 8 National
Deakin University

Deakin University

Scholars 17 3,759 Σ D-index 781
94 World 9 National
Curtin University

Curtin University

Scholars 13 3,447 Σ D-index 703
100 World 10 National Scholars 13 3,240 Σ D-index 646
109 World 11 National Scholars 13 2,613 Σ D-index 589
110 World 12 National Scholars 14 2,850 Σ D-index 582
127 World 13 National Scholars 11 2,922 Σ D-index 484
134 World 14 National Scholars 10 2,777 Σ D-index 449
148 World 15 National Scholars 10 1,741 Σ D-index 406
155 World 16 National Scholars 9 1,780 Σ D-index 390
178 World 17 National Scholars 6 1,652 Σ D-index 334
186 World 18 National Scholars 7 1,797 Σ D-index 319
188 World 19 National Scholars 7 2,176 Σ D-index 316
194 World 20 National
RMIT University

RMIT University

Scholars 8 1,500 Σ D-index 309
197 World 21 National Scholars 6 2,071 Σ D-index 305
225 World 22 National Scholars 4 817 Σ D-index 245
239 World 23 National Scholars 6 1,194 Σ D-index 216
240 World 24 National Scholars 6 997 Σ D-index 216
242 World 25 National Scholars 5 1,282 Σ D-index 214
246 World 26 National Scholars 5 1,400 Σ D-index 210
290 World 27 National Scholars 4 721 Σ D-index 163
367 World 28 National Scholars 3 421 Σ D-index 104
404 World 29 National Scholars 2 560 Σ D-index 88
419 World 30 National
Murdoch University

Murdoch University

Scholars 2 625 Σ D-index 83
420 World 31 National Scholars 2 401 Σ D-index 83
425 World 32 National Scholars 2 432 Σ D-index 80
465 World 33 National Scholars 2 462 Σ D-index 67
482 World 34 National
Bond University

Bond University

Scholars 2 247 Σ D-index 64
490 World 35 National Scholars 2 282 Σ D-index 61
560 World 36 National Scholars 1 228 Σ D-index 43

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