Best Social Sciences and Humanities Universities in Netherlands 2022

The 1st edition of ranking of the best universities in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data consolidated from a wide range of data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for estimating the citation-based metrics were acquired on 06-12-2021. 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 takes into account only 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 trustworthy list of leading scholars from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities , created using a detailed analysis of 166,880 scientists determined from various bibliometric data sources. For the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, as many as 10371 scientists were investigated.

What is D-index inclusion threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for including a scholar to be evaluated is placed at 30 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The acceptance requirements for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the selected field of study plus the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for considering top scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scholars assessed for each discipline whilst making sure that the top 1% of leading researchers are incorporated into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.

Extra verification practices
As our main aim is to make sure that only credible scientists are mentioned in the ranking we realize that raw data are never supposed to be a complete measure to quantify the output of scholars. Because of that we manually inspect each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of reliable sources. Even though it’s not a factor defining a scholar’s position in ranking, the quantity of documents published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should form a credible secondary indication of their contribution to research in a selected field of study. Position in the ranking is based on every scientist’s D-index using data collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind open to the research community. A thorough definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Our mission
Our aim is to inspire researchers, businessmen and politicians around the world to examine where top experts are heading and to provide a way for the entire scientific community to get to know 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 13 scientific affiliations Netherlands ranks in spot 12 globally.

As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top researchers in Netherlands is Maastricht University with 36 scientists affiliated with it being features in our Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by Utrecht University with 33 scientists and University of Amsterdam with 30 scholars.

The most prominent researchers in the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities in Netherlands are affiliated with Maastricht University, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, University of Twente, Radboud University Nijmegen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Eindhoven University of Technology. Maastricht University is highlighted as the best university in the Netherlands in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scholars at 1487. Ranking on the second place is Utrecht University with a total D-index of 1420. The third spot is taken by University of Amsterdam with a total D-index of 1333.

The average total D-index for the top 3% universities is 1487 in comparison to an average of 684 for all 13 institutions included in our ranking.

The average number of publications within the field of Social Sciences and Humanities by scientists affiliated with the top 3% of researchers in the ranking is 4221 against an average of 1978 for all 13 universities.

The average number of citations of scholars affiliated with the top 5% universities is 282393 against an average of 175557 for all 13 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.
26 World 1 National
Maastricht University

Maastricht University

Scholars 36 4,221 Σ D-index 1,487
29 World 2 National
Utrecht University

Utrecht University

Scholars 33 3,760 Σ D-index 1,420
33 World 3 National Scholars 30 4,416 Σ D-index 1,333
67 World 4 National Scholars 20 2,532 Σ D-index 822
71 World 5 National Scholars 17 1,814 Σ D-index 759
86 World 6 National Scholars 17 1,678 Σ D-index 654
102 World 7 National Scholars 14 1,635 Σ D-index 549
116 World 8 National
University of Twente

University of Twente

Scholars 12 1,350 Σ D-index 457
142 World 9 National
Tilburg University

Tilburg University

Scholars 9 1,256 Σ D-index 362
150 World 10 National
Leiden University

Leiden University

Scholars 9 699 Σ D-index 351
186 World 11 National Scholars 6 693 Σ D-index 267
203 World 12 National Scholars 6 944 Σ D-index 237
219 World 13 National Scholars 6 728 Σ D-index 205

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