Still using the Hirsch index? Don’t!

Via Scoop.itDUALimpact

“My research: > 185 papers, h-index 40.” A random quote from a curriculum vitae in the World Wide Web. Sometimes, researchers love their Hirsch index, better known as the h-index. But what does the measure actually mean? Is it a reliable indicator of scientific impact? Ludo Waltman and Nees Jan van Eck have studied the mathematical and statistical properties of the h-index. Their conclusion: the h-index can produce inconsistent results. For this reason, it is actually not the reliable measure of scientific impact that most users think it is. As a leading scientometric institute, we have therefore published the advice to all universities, funders, and academies of science to abandon the use of the h-index as a measure of the overall scientific impact of researchers or research groups. There are better alternatives. The paper by Waltman and Van Eck is now available as a preprint and will soon be published by the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology JASIST.
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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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