Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from
OpenAlex and CrossRef by December 6th 2021.
This ranking lists all the best researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities discipline and
affiliated with University of the Witwatersrand.
There are a total of 11 researchers included with 5 of them also being included in the global ranking.
The total sum for the D-index values for the best scientists
in University of the Witwatersrand is 522 with a mean value for
the h-index of 47.45. The total sum of
publications for the best scientists in University of the Witwatersrand is 2,062 with the
mean value for publications per scientist of 187.45.
The University of Witwatersrand, called Wits University for short, is a liberal university in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was founded in 1896 as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, which subsequently transferred to Johannesburg in 1904 and was renamed as the Transvaal Technical Institute. The institution underwent several name changes until it was inaugurated as the University of Witwatersrand in 1922.
The university started with six faculties and 37 departments. After the Second World War, the reorganization of the academic units began. Now, Wits University has five faculties. These are the Faculties of Commerce, Law, and Management; Engineering and the Built Environment; Health Sciences; Humanities; and Science. These are further subdivided into 33 schools, which include the Wits Business School, the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, the School of Therapeutic Sciences, the Wits School of Arts, and the School of Geography, Archaeology, and Environmental Sciences. Overall, the institution has more than 3,000 courses, among which it is most known for mining engineering, development studies, and archaeology.
Wits University offers those courses on its five academic campuses. The main administrative campus is the East Campus. Across the road is the West Campus. Meanwhile, the Wits Education Campus, the Wits Medical Campus, and the Wits Management Campus are in Parktown.
Other than academic and administrative buildings, the higher education institution has important historical and cultural sites. It is partly responsible for the Sterkfontein and Swartkrans archaeological sites, which are located just outside of Johannesburg. These sites are considered the Cradle of Humankind, duly designated so by UNESCO.
When it comes to research, the university’s activities are tied to its two strategic objectives. The first is to increase the number of high-impact research in different fields. The second is to provide postgraduate students with a secure, quick, and stimulating research experience. While conducting scientific inquiries with those objectives, the university has attained numerous Areas of Excellence. These include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Geoscience and Mining Engineering, Paleoanthropology, Data Science, and Refugee and Migrant Studies, among others. Furthermore, the university is home to many research institutes and laboratories of great national and academic importance. These include the Center for African Ecology, the Effective Care Research Unit, and the Biocontrol Lab, among many others.
By fostering a culture of excellence, the university has produced many notable graduates. Famous alumni that made contributions to their respective fields include Nobel Laureates Sydney Brenner (Medicine, 2002), Nadine Gordimer (Literature, 1991), and Aaron Klug (Chemistry, 1982). Furthermore, Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 1993, attended Wits University but did not graduate.
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.
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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