The h Index – Help or Hype?

Authors

  • Veronika R. Meyer

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2009.66

Keywords:

Bibliometry, H index, Hirsch index, Index inflation

Abstract

Three years ago a bibliometric index for the qualification of a person's scientific output was proposed by Hirsch, the so-called h index. This is an integer number which combines the number of papers of an author and the number of citations they gathered. Thus the h index is an indicator for both the productivity and the impact of a scientist. This paper presents the properties of the h index and the great attention it attracted within a short time. Numerous other indices, claimed to be better than the original, were proposed in the meantime. These developments are discussed critically.

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Published

2009-02-25

How to Cite

[1]
V. R. Meyer, Chimia 2009, 63, 66, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2009.66.