Rhodes University

Rhodes University

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South Africa Established: 1904 Scholars: 3
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Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef by December 21st 2022.

This ranking lists all the best researchers from the Ecology and Evolution discipline and affiliated with Rhodes University. There are a total of 3 researchers included with 1 of them also being included in the global ranking. The total sum for the D-index values for the best scientists in Rhodes University is 167 with a mean value for the h-index of 55.67. The total sum of publications for the best scientists in Rhodes University is 734 with the mean value for publications per scientist of 244.67.


Rhodes University

Rhodes University (popularly known as Rhodes) is a public research university located in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It was established in 1904 as Rhodes University College and became an independent university in 1951. Rhodes is the province's oldest university and also the sixth oldest South African university in continuous operation. It is regarded as among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in South Africa.

Rhodes University Key Statistics

The university is organized into six faculties, including the Faculty of Commerce, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Pharmacy. These faculties are further subdivided into 30 academic departments, including the Department of Accounting, the Department of African Languages, the Department of Fine Art, and the Department of Computer Science.

Rhodes University has a population of 8,200 students. Among these, 30% are postgraduates, and over 18% are international students from 54 countries worldwide. It employs 357 academic staff.

The library system of Rhode is composed of four libraries, including the Main Library, the Alastair Kerr Law Library, the Cory Library, and the Sound Library. It houses a collection of 300,000 volumes of print books onsite, around 700,000 e-books, and more than 66 online scholarly databases. These libraries have affiliations with the Margaret Smith Library and the International Library of African Music.

Other Rhodes University key statistics include the Albany Museum and Makana Botanical Gardens located on its campus.

Rhodes University Research

The university holds fourteen of the national research chairs appointed under the South African Research Chairs Initiative. It has received research grants from JRS Biodiversity Foundation for major projects.

The university's top three research fields are physics, biology, and chemistry. Its researchers have published in publications like Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics. Likewise, its researchers had been invited to attend and/or present papers at international conferences such as the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists, Information Security for South Africa, and the International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries.

The most cited publication from Rhodes University research is Abell et al.’s (2008) “Freshwater ecoregions of the world: A new map of biogeographic units for freshwater biodiversity conservation” published in BioScience with a total of 1,698 citations to date. The second most cited paper is Akiyama et al.’s (2019) “First M87 event horizon telescope results. IV. Imaging the central supermassive black hole” published in The Astrophysical Journal. It has received a total of 1,344 citations. The university’s third most cited paper is Akiyama et al.’s (2019) “First M87 event horizon telescope results. I. The shadow of the supermassive black hole” published in The Astrophysical Journal. It has been cited by papers, articles, and other publications around 1,220 times so far.

Rhodes is home to several research centers such as the African Centre for Ocean Governance, the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics, the Biomedical Biotechnology Research Unit, the Biopharmaceutical Research Institute, the Biotechnology Innovation Centre, and the Catchment Research Centre.

Other research facilities include the Centre for the Study of Democracy, the Centre for Economic Journalism in Africa, the Centre for Higher Education, Research, Teaching and Learning, and the Centre for Postgraduate Studies.
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.
996 World 11 National
Charlie M. Shackleton

Charlie M. Shackleton

Rhodes University, South Africa
D-index 66 Citations 12,581 252
1329 World 12 National
Christopher D. McQuaid

Christopher D. McQuaid

Rhodes University, South Africa
D-index 61 Citations 11,092 320
3706 World 40 National
P.W. Froneman

P.W. Froneman

Rhodes University, South Africa
D-index 40 Citations 5,189 162

Our research was coordinated by Imed Bouchrika, PhD, a computer scientist with a well-established record of collaboration on a number of international research projects with different partners from the academic community. His role was to make sure all data remained unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date.

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