The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best universities in the field of
Social Sciences and Humanities relies os data combined from
a wide range of 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
scientist's affiliated with a given institution. D-index
only includes publications and citation
metrics 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 scholars from the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, created using a meticulous examination of 166,880 scholars discovered from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, more than 15317 scholars were examined.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Social Sciences and Humanities
The D-index threshold for accepting a scholar to be evaluated is placed at 30 if most of their publications are in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The inclusion criteria for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the selected area plus the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for including leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of researchers estimated for each discipline whilst making sure that the top 1% of best scholars are added 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
Because our leading aim is to guarantee that only actual researchers are included in Research.com ranking we realize that metrics are never supposed to be a complete means to assess the work of scientists. For that reason we manually verify every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of credible sources. While it’s not a factor defining a scientist’s position in the ranking, the quantity of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a credible secondary signal of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is determined by each researcher’s D-index with the help of data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-established bibliometric databases of this kind available to the scientific community. A thorough definition of our research policy can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to motivate researchers, companies and politicians around the world to investigate where leading experts are heading and to provide a way for the whole research community to get to know who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Social Sciences and Humanities
As far as scientific affiliations are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top researchers in the world is University of California System with 262 scientists affiliated with it being listed in our Social Sciences and Humanities ranking. It is followed by Harvard University with 110 scholars and University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with 95 scientists.
The most prominent researchers in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities in the world are representing Collège de France, Goethe University Frankfurt, Australian National University, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of South Australia, Maastricht University, University of Amsterdam, University of Cape Town, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Curtin University.
University of California System is highlighted as the best university in the world in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scholars at 12009. Ranking second in the world is Harvard University with a total D-index of 5668. The third spot in the world is taken by University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with a total D-index of 4412.
The average total D-index for the top 5% universities is 311 against an average of 311 for all 757 institutions featured in the ranking.
The average number of published articles within the field of Social Sciences and Humanities by researchers affiliated with the top 3% of scientists in the ranking is 1242 in comparison to an average of 1242 for all 757 universities.
The average number of citations of scholars affiliated with the top 5% universities is 102643 against an average of 102643 for all 757 universities.