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2 - The h-Index

from Part I - The Science of Career

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 February 2021

Dashun Wang
Affiliation:
Northwestern University, Illinois
Albert-László Barabási
Affiliation:
Northeastern University, Boston
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We begin by discussing the challenges of quantifying scientific impact. We introduce the h-index and explore its implications for scientists. We also detail the h-index’s strengths when compared with other metrics, and show that it bypasses all the disadvantages posed by alternative ranking systems. We then explore the h-index’s predictive power, finding that it provides an easy but relatively accurate estimate of a person’s acheivements. Despite its relative accuracy, we are aware of the h-index’s limitations, which we detail here with suggestions for possible remedies.

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Print publication year: 2021

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  • The h-Index
  • Dashun Wang, Northwestern University, Illinois, Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Book: The Science of Science
  • Online publication: 07 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108610834.004
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  • The h-Index
  • Dashun Wang, Northwestern University, Illinois, Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Book: The Science of Science
  • Online publication: 07 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108610834.004
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  • The h-Index
  • Dashun Wang, Northwestern University, Illinois, Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Book: The Science of Science
  • Online publication: 07 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108610834.004
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