, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 161–168 | Cite as

An extension of the Hirsch index: Indexing scientific topics and compounds

  • Michael G. Banks


An interesting twist of the Hirsch index is given, in terms of an index for topics and compounds. By comparing both the hb index and m for a number of compounds and topics, it can be used to differentiate between a new so-called hot topic with older topics. This quick method is shown to help new comers to identify how much interest and work has already been achieved in their chosen area of research.


Bucky Ball CeCu Compound Name Hirsch Index Choose Area 

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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael G. Banks
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute für Festkörperforschung

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