Scientometrics

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 187–200 | Cite as

The influence of self-citation corrections on Egghe’s g index

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Abstract

The g index was introduced by Leo Egghe as an improvement of Hirsch’s index h for measuring the overall citation record of a set of articles. It better takes into account the highly skewed frequency distribution of citations than the h index. I propose to sharpen this g index by excluding the self-citations. I have worked out nine practical cases in physics and compare the h and g values with and without self-citations. As expected, the g index characterizes the data set better than the h index. The influence of the self-citations appears to be more significant for the g index than for the h index.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PhysikTechnische Universität ChemnitzChemnitzGermany

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