The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best universities in the arena
of Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data derived from
various data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for
evaluating 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
scholar’s affiliated with a given institution. D-index
only includes papers and citation
values for an examined discipline.
The scope of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Research.com’s best universities ranking is a credible list of leading scientists from the area of Social Sciences and Humanities , based on a thorough analysis of 166,880 scientists discovered from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the area of Social Sciences and Humanities, more than 15317 scientists were examined.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for including a researcher to be considered is placed at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities. The approval criteria for researchers to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, ratio of the publications made within the specific field of study in addition to the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for including leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scholars assessed for each scientific field whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are added into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist’s general H-index and their D-index.
Additional verification methods
Because our leading mission is to ensure that only credible scientists are listed in our ranking we realize that raw data are never supposed to be a full means to quantify the contributions of researchers. Because of that we manually inspect each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of reliable sources. While it’s not a metric contributing to a scholar’s position in the ranking, the quantity of papers published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should be a valuable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a specific discipline. Position in the ranking is determined by each scholar’s D-index with the help of metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-known bibliometric databases of this type open to the research community. A thorough overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our goal is to inspire scientists, businessmen and politicians worldwide to examine where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the whole research community to find out who the leading experts in specific disciplines, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
With 44 institutions Germany ranks in spot 3 globally.
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of leading scientists in Germany is Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München with 11 scholars affiliated with it being listed in Research.com Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by Universität Hamburg with 7 researchers and Heidelberg University with 7 scientists.
The most prominent scientists in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities in Germany are affiliated with Goethe University Frankfurt, Bielefeld University, Heidelberg University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Philipp University of Marburg, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Hamburg University of Technology, University of Mannheim, University of Stuttgart. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is featured as the best university in the Germany in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking researchers at 513. Ranking second is Universität Hamburg with a total D-index of 358. The third spot is occupied by Heidelberg University with a total D-index of 353.
The average total D-index for the top 1% universities is 111 in comparison to an average of 111 for all 44 institutions listed in our ranking.
The average number of published articles in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities by scientists affiliated with the top 5% of researchers in the ranking is 521 against an average of 521 for all 44 universities.
The average number of citations of researchers affiliated with the top 3% universities is 41257 against an average of 41257 for all 44 universities.