The h-index Debate: An Introduction for Librarians

Abstract: This article reviews the debate within bibliometrics regarding the h-index. Despite its popularity as a decision-making tool within higher education, the h-index has become increasingly controversial among specialists. Fundamental questions remain regarding the extent to which the h-index actually measures what it sets out to measure. Unfortunately, many aspects of this debate are confined … Continue reading “The h-index Debate: An Introduction for Librarians”

Abstract:

This article reviews the debate within bibliometrics regarding the h-index. Despite its popularity as a decision-making tool within higher education, the h-index has become increasingly controversial among specialists. Fundamental questions remain regarding the extent to which the h-index actually measures what it sets out to measure. Unfortunately, many aspects of this debate are confined to highly technical discussions in specialised journals. This article explains in simple terms exactly why a growing number of bibliometricians are sceptical that the h-index is a useful tool for evaluating researchers. It concludes that librarians should be cautious in their recommendations regarding this metric, at least until better evidence becomes available.

Barnes, Cameron (2017). The h -index Debate. An Introduction for Librarians, The Journal of Academic Librarianship (43), 487–494, Online: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.08.013.

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Publish or Perish: Harzings Hirsch

Wenn man den Hirsch-Faktor eines Autoren via Google Scholar ermitteln möchte, bietet sich Anne-Wil Harzings Publish or Perish an.

Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the following statistics:

* Total number of papers
* Total number of citations
* Average number of citations per paper
* Average number of citations per author
* Average number of papers per author
* Average number of citations per year
* Hirsch’s h-index and related parameters
* Egghe’s g-index
* The contemporary h-index
* The age-weighted citation rate
* Two variations of individual h-indices
* An analysis of the number of authors per paper.

Einen Artikel, der die Eignung von Thomson ISI Web of Science und von Google Scholar für die Zitationsanalyse vergleicht, ist hier zu finden.

Um einen kleinen Überblick zu bekommen, habe ich mal eine Journal Impact Analysis von Libreas (links) und Author Impact Analysis von Lawrence Lessig (rechts) gemacht (zum Vergrößern auf’s Bild klicken):

Das Programm ist schnell installiert, arbeitet zügig, und erlaubt es zumindest, Bibliometrie etwas greifbarer zu machen.