Measuring Zero-Impact; a view who’s not being cited at all.

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Bibliometrics aren’t just useful for analyzing who’s being cited; they are also pretty good at telling you who’s not being cited, too.

Today, we’ll look at professors whose H-index (see here for a reminder of how it is calculated) is zero – that is, professors who have either never been published or (more likely) never been cited.

There are three reasons why a scholar might have an H-index of zero. The first is age; younger scholars are less likely to have published, and their publications have had less time in which to be cited. The second is prevailing disciplinary norms. there are some disciplines – English/Literature would be a good example – where scholarly communication simply doesn’t involve a lot of citations of other scholars’ work. The third is simply that a particular scholar might not be publishing anything of particular importance, or indeed publishing anything at all.



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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: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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