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Is there a place for a mock h-index?

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  • Gangan Prathap

    (National Institute for Science Communication and Information Resources)

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The h-index has captured the imagination of scientometricians and bibliometricians to such an extent that one can now divide the history of the subject virtually into a pre-Hirsch and a post-Hirsch period. Beyond its academic value, it is now used as a tool for research assessment of individuals, research faculties and institutions and even for comparing performance of journals and countries. Since its introduction, many Hirsch-type variants have been proposed to overcome perceived limitations of the original index. In this paper, using ideas from mathematical modeling, another mock h-index is proposed which may complement the h-index and give it better resolving power.

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  • Gangan Prathap, 2010. "Is there a place for a mock h-index?," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 84(1), pages 153-165, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:84:y:2010:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-009-0066-2
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-009-0066-2
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