Scientometrics

, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 395–405

Rational (successive) h-indices: An application to economics in the Republic of Ireland

Authors

  • Frances Ruane
    • Economic and Social Research Institute Whitaker SquareSir John Rogerson’s Quay
    • Department of EconomicsTrinity College
    • Economic and Social Research Institute Whitaker SquareSir John Rogerson’s Quay
    • Institute for Environmental StudiesVrije Universiteit
    • Department of Engineering and Public PolicyCarnegie Mellon University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11192-007-1869-7

Cite this article as:
Ruane, F. & Tol, R.S.J. Scientometrics (2008) 75: 395. doi:10.1007/s11192-007-1869-7

Abstract

We rank economics departments in the Republic of Ireland according to the number of publications, number of citations, and successive h-index of research-active staff. We increase the discriminatory power of the h1-index by introducing three generalizations, each of which is a rational number. The first (h1+) measures the excess over the actual h-index, while the other two (h1*, h1Δ) measures the distance to the next h-index. At the individual level, h* and hΔ coincide while h+ is undefined.

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