, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 339–356 | Cite as

Mathematical aspects of a new criterion for ranking scientific institutions based on the h-index

  • Alain Molinari
  • Jean-Francois MolinariEmail author


We develop and discuss the theoretical basis of a new criterion for ranking scientific institutions. Our novel index, which is related to the h-index, provides a metric which removes the size dependence. We discuss its mathematical properties such as merging rules of two sets of papers and analyze the relations between the underlying rank/citation-frequency law and the h-index. The proposed index should be seen as a complement to the h-index, to compare the scientific production of institutions (universities, laboratories or journals) that could be of disparate sizes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Physics and Mechanics of MaterialsUniversité Paul VerlaineMetzFrance
  2. 2.Laboratory of Mechanics and Technology, Ecole Normale Supérieure de CachanUniversité Paris 6Cachan cedexFrance

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