, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 91–117 | Cite as

Hirsch-index for countries based on Essential Science Indicators data

  • Edit Csajbók
  • Anna Berhidi
  • Lívia VasasEmail author
  • András Schubert
World Flash on Basic Research


The authors present ranked lists of world’s countries — with main focus on EU countries (together with newly acceeded and candidate countries) — by their h-index on various science fields. As main source of data Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database was used. EU countries have strong positions in each field but none of them can successfully compete with the USA. The modest position of the newly accessed and candidate countries illustrate the importance of supportive economic and political background in order to achieve scientific success. An attempt is made to fit a recent theoretical model relating the h-index with two traditional scientometric indicators: the number of publications and the mean citation rate.


Turkey Romania Citation Rate Candidate Country Essential Science Indicator 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edit Csajbók
    • 1
  • Anna Berhidi
    • 1
  • Lívia Vasas
    • 1
    Email author
  • András Schubert
    • 2
  1. 1.Central LibrarySemmelweis UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Research Policy Studies/ISSRUHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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