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Of The H-Index And Its Alternatives: An Application To The 100 Most Prolific Economists

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  • Richard S.J. Tol

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    (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland)

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The h-index is a recent but already quite popular way of measuring research quality and quantity. However, it discounts highly-cited papers. The g-index corrects for this, but it is sensitivity to the number of never-cited papers. Besides, h- or g-index-based rankings have a large number of ties. Therefore, this paper introduces two new indices, and tests their performance for the 100 most prolific economists. A researcher has a t-number (f-number) of t (f) if t (f) is the largest number for which it holds that she has t (f) publications for which the geometric (harmonic) average number of citations is at least t (f). The new indices overcome the shortcomings of the old indices.

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Paper provided by Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University in its series Working Papers with number FNU-146.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
Date of revision: Sep 2007
Publication status: Forthcoming, Scientometrics
Handle: RePEc:sgc:wpaper:146

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  1. Frances Ruane & Richard S.J. Tol, 2007. "Refined (Successive) H-Indices: An Application To Economics In The Republic Of Ireland," Working Papers FNU-130, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Mar 2007.
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  1. Dritan Osmani, . "A note on optimal transfer schemes, stable coalition for environmental protection and joint maximization assumption," Working Papers FNU-176, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University.
  2. Glenn Ellison, 2010. "How Does the Market Use Citation Data? The Hirsch Index in Economics," NBER Working Papers 16419, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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