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What is your h-index?

29. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments |

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The h-index, proposed by Hirsch in 2005, is a measure to calculate the output of a researcher. With an h-index of 10, 10 publications of an author are cited at least 10 times. This value can be calculated in the database Web of Science Core Collection.

1. For a detailed author search click on the menu item More
2. Tip: Use more than one initial to be more specific
3. The function Create Citation Report will display the h-index.
4. In addition to the h-index, the number of publications is given, for example

Additional search tools that calculate the h-index are Scopus or Google Scholar.
However, the h-index is not entirely uncontroversial and has certain advantages and disadvantages.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
- considers only most cited publications
- eliminates “one-hit wonder”
- “punishes” authors, who are little/not cited but publish much
- 'Groundbreaking' works are not being duly appreciated
- Influenced by career duration
- Compare only within the same discipline! (Depends from the research field)
- depends on which publications of a researcher are indexed in the search tools.

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