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Does the h-index for ranking of scientists really work?


Hirsch (2005) has proposed the h-index as a single-number criterion to evaluate the scientific output of a researcher (Ball, 2005): A scientist has index h if h of his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Nph) papers have fewer than h citations each. In a study on committee peer review (Bornmann & Daniel, 2005) we found that on average the h-index for successful applicants for post-doctoral research fellowships was consistently higher than for non-successful applicants.

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Correspondence to Lutz Bornmann.

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Bornmann, L., Daniel, H. Does the h-index for ranking of scientists really work?. Scientometrics 65, 391–392 (2005).

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