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How to Count Citations If You Must

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  • Motty Perry
  • Philip J. Reny

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Citation indices are regularly used to inform critical decisions about promotion, tenure, and the allocation of billions of research dollars. Nevertheless, most indices (e.g., the h-index) are motivated by intuition and rules of thumb, resulting in undesirable conclusions. In contrast, five natural properties lead us to a unique new index, the Euclidean index, that avoids several shortcomings of the h-index and its successors. The Euclidean index is simply the Euclidean length of an individual's citation list. Two empirical tests suggest that the Euclidean index outperforms the h-index in practice.

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  • Motty Perry & Philip J. Reny, 2016. "How to Count Citations If You Must," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 106(9), pages 2722-2741, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:106:y:2016:i:9:p:2722-41
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20140850
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    1. Wohlrabe, Klaus & Bornmann, Lutz, 2017. "Normalization of citation impact in economics," MPRA Paper 80384, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Flores-Szwagrzak, Karol & Treibich, Rafael, 2015. "Co-authorship and the Measurement of Individual Productivity," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 17/2015, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics.
    3. repec:eee:infome:v:11:y:2017:i:2:p:455-465 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Diyi Li & Cory Koedel, 2016. "Representation and Salary Gaps by Race/Ethnicity and Gender at Selective Public Universities," Working Papers 2016-13, Department of Economics, University of Missouri, revised Apr 2017.
    5. Georg, Co-Pierre & Opolot, Daniel C. & Rose, Michael E., 2017. "Informal intellectual collaboration with central colleagues," Kiel Working Papers 2084, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    6. repec:aea:jeclit:v:56:y:2018:i:1:p:115-56 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation

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