SM3D portal’s founder as a science-wide top scientist

Minh-Hoang Nguyen
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (874-8577 Oita, Beppu, Japan)

October 13, 2022

Since 2019, John P. A. Ioannidis – a Greek-American physician-scientist, writer, and Stanford University professor – and his colleagues have created and updated the database of global science-wide top scientists [1-3], frequently referred to as “Stanford’s list of world’s top 2% most-cited scientists”. Those scientists are from 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. The database indicates both the career-long impact and single-year impact of the scientist, which are measured by the standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator (c-score). The latest database of science-wide top scientists was updated on October 10, 2022, by Ioannidis [4].

: The database of 2022 science-wide top scientists, retrieved from

In the 2022 updated database, one of the founders of SM3D Portal – Dr. Quan-Hoang Vuong – appears in the list of career-long impact (ranked at 240,933th) and single-year impact (ranked at 22,704th). Last year, he also appeared in the 2021 lists of top-career-long-impact scientists (ranked at 294,101th) and top-single-year-impact scientists (ranked at 46,350th). If we only consider the career-long and single-year impacts within the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities, he is ranked at 12,703th and 2,989th, respectively.

Most of Dr. Vuong’s impact has come from his key contribution to the philosophy of science and newly developed theories and concepts, such as the mindsponge theory, cultural additivity, SM3D knowledge management framework [5-10], etc. These philosophies, theories, and concepts are also the backbones of the SM3D portal. Therefore, evidence of Dr. Vuong’s global impact has given our team some vital hope for the flourishing of the portal in the near future.


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[3] Baas J, Boyack K, Ioannidis JPA. (2021). August 2021 data-update for “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators”. Mendeley Data, V3.

[4] Ioannidis JPA. (2022). September 2022 data-update for “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators”. Mendeley Data, V4.

[5] Vuong QH. (2020). Reform retractions to make them more transparent. Nature, 582, 149.

[6] Vuong QH. (2018). The (ir)rational consideration of the cost of science in transition economies. Nature Human Behaviour, 2(1), 5.

[7] Vuong QH, Napier NK. (2015). Acculturation and global mindsponge: An emerging market perspective. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 49, 354–367.

[8] Vuong QH, et al. (2018). Cultural additivity: Behavioural insights from the interaction of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism in folktales. Palgrave Communications, 4, 143.

[9] Vuong, QH et al. (2020). On how religions could accidentally incite lies and violence: folktales as a cultural transmitter. Palgrave Communications, 6, 82.

[10] Vuong QH, et al. (2022). Covid-19 vaccines production and societal immunization under the serendipity-mindsponge-3D knowledge management theory and conceptual framework. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 9, 22.