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


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 h 1-index by introducing three generalizations, each of which is a rational number. The first (h 1 +) measures the excess over the actual h-index, while the other two (h 1*, h 1 Δ) measures the distance to the next h-index. At the individual level, h* and h Δ coincide while h + is undefined.

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Ruane, F., Tol, R.S.J. Rational (successive) h-indices: An application to economics in the Republic of Ireland. Scientometrics 75, 395–405 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-007-1869-7

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  • Additional Point
  • Citation Number
  • Irish Economist
  • Social Research Institute