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A Hirsch-type index of co-author partnership ability


  • András Schubert

    () (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)


The partnership ability index (φ) combines the number of co-authors and the times each of them acted as co-authors with a given author exactly the same way as Hirsch’s h-index combines the number of publications and their citation rate. The index φ was tested on the sample of the Hevesy medal awardees. It was found that φ is consistent with Glänzel’s model of h-index, and that higher φ values—at least until a certain limit—may be accompanied with higher citation visibility (h-index). Some further possibilities of application both within and outside the area of scientometrics are suggested.

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  • András Schubert, 2012. "A Hirsch-type index of co-author partnership ability," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 91(1), pages 303-308, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:91:y:2012:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-011-0559-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0559-7

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