The 1st edition of Research.com 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 06-12-2021.
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.
The scope of our Social Sciences and Humanities research
Research.com’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 10371 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.
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.
Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
With 254 universities United States ranks in spot 1 in the world.
As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of leading researchers in United States is Harvard University with 96 researchers affiliated with it being listed in Research.com Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with 83 scholars and University of California, Los Angeles with 74 scholars.
The most prominent scientists in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities in United States are representing The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Pacific Institute, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Boston College, University of Missouri, New York Academy of Medicine, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, George Mason University, Saint Louis University. Harvard University is highlighted as the best university in the United States in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking researchers at 4432. Ranking second is University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with a total D-index of 3660. The third position is taken by University of California, Los Angeles with a total D-index of 3159.
The average total D-index for the top 3% universities is 3190 in comparison to an average of 387 for all 254 institutions included in Research.com 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 7982 against an average of 959 for all 254 universities.
The average number of citations of scientists affiliated with the top 5% universities is 1026503 against an average of 133585 for all 254 universities.