Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

More than your h index

Learn about the range of tools/metrics that you can use to help understand the influence of your research.

  • Be the first to comment

More than your h index

  1. 1. Tanya Williamson, Assistant Librarian MORE THAN YOUR H-INDEX?
  2. 2.  Journal articles published by an author  Citations to journal articles published by an author  An attempt to generate a quantitative representation of a scholar’s ‘output’ WHAT ARE AUTHOR BIBLIOMETRICS? The h-index: If a scholar has 20 articles which have each been cited 20 times, s/he has an h-index of 20 Times cited: Total citations to all of an author’s works Average citations per item: Total citations/Total items
  3. 3.  Universities are often looking for a quick way to evaluate performance (productivity and impact)  The h-index is easy to calculate and understand, so has gained traction  You may gain insights into your own influence  You may find potential collaborators WHY SHOULD I CARE?
  4. 4.  Google Scholar  Web of Science  Scopus  Publish or Perish: free application. Uses data from Google Scholar to calculate a wide range of author metrics, including improvements to the h-index that attempt adjust for:  Length of career  Highly cited papers  Active vs inactive researchers  Co-authorship HOW TO FIND YOUR H-INDEX (and other metrics)?
  5. 5.  Can’t be used fairly to compare across disciplines, or meaningfully in some disciplines  Name ambiguity – getting a comprehensive list is not easy  Values differ depending on the source data  No one metric can capture all ‘impacts’, or facets of ‘research performance’  Will not be favourable if your research does not result in journal articles  Early career researchers will be at a disadvantage  Citations ≠ endorsements of quality! WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE H-INDEX (and other metrics)?
  6. 6.  Consider what is the most appropriate measure for you, your discipline and the impact you were aiming to achieve  Article-level metrics: include views, downloads AND citations Emerging:  Altmetrics, such as ImpactStory and to get a broader picture of the attention that your (digital) research outputs receive  Data citation counts WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES? Four reasons to stop caring about the h- index by ImpactStory
  7. 7.  Harzing, A.W. (2007) Publish or Perish, available from  Hirsch, J. E. (2005). An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proceedings of the National academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(46), 16569-16572.  Hicks, D., Wouters, P., Waltman, L., de Rijcke, S., & Rafols, I. (2015). The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics. Nature, 520, 429-431. REFERENCES