Scientometrics

, Volume 82, Issue 2, pp 211–216 | Cite as

Ranking university departments using the mean h-index

Article

Abstract

Ranking of universities has lately received considerable attention. However, ranking of departments would give a higher resolution picture of the distribution of quality within each university. In this work the Hirsch (h) index of each faculty in Greek Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, and Physics departments was calculated using the Web of Science and the mean value was used to rank them. This ranking refers to the research performance of each department and thus is most relevant to its doctoral program. The results seem highly meaningful. If performed on a pan-European basis, such rankings could spur healthy competition and could provide a strong motive for meritocratic hiring practices. Technical difficulties and possible extension of this approach to social science and humanities departments are discussed.

Keywords

h index Ranking Greece Chemistry Chemical engineering Materials science Physics 

References

  1. Banks, M. G. (2006). An extension of the Hirsch index: Indexing scientific topics and compounds. Scientometrics, 69, 161–168.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Bornmann, L., & Daniel, H. D. (2007). What do we know about the h index? Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58, 1381–1385.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Braun, T., Glanzel, W., & Schubert, A. (2006). A Hirsch-type index for journals. Scientometrics, 69, 169–173.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Buela-Casal, G., Gutierrez-Martinez, O., Bermudez-Sanchez, M. P., & Vadillo-Munoz, O. (2007). Comparative study of international academic rankings of universities. Scientometrics, 71, 349–365.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Cronin, B., & Meho, L. (2006). Using the h-index to rank influential information scientists. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57, 1275–1278.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Egghe, L. (2006). Theory and practise of the g-index. Scientometrics, 69, 131–152.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Egghe, L. (2007). Dynamic h-index: The Hirsch index in function of time. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58, 452–454.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Grant, J., Olden, J., Lawler, J., Nelson, C., & Silliman, B. (2007). Academic Institutions in the US and Canada ranked according to research productivity in the field of Conservation Biology. Conservation Biology, 21, 1139–1144.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Hirsch, J. E. (2005). An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102, 16569–16572.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Imperial, J., & Rodriguez-Navarro, A. (2007). Usefulness of Hirsch’s h-index to evaluate scientific research in Spain. Scientometrics, 71, 271–282.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Oppenheim, C. (2007). Using the h-index to rank influential British researchers in information science and librarianship. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58, 297–301.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Saad, G. (2006). Exploring the h-index at the author and journal levels using bibliometric data of productive consumer scholars and business-related journals, respectively. Scientometrics, 69, 117–120.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Schreiber, M. (2007). Self-citation corrections for the Hirsch index. Europhysics Letters, 78, 30002.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Sidiropoulos, A., Katsaros, D., & Manolopoulos, Y. (2007). Generalized Hirsch h-index for disclosing latent facts in citation networks. Scientometrics, 72, 253–280.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Thijs, B., & Glanzel, W. (2005). The influence of author self-citations on bibliometric meso-indicators. The case of European universities. Scientometrics, 66, 71–80.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Van Raan, A. F. J. (2005). Fatal attraction: Conceptual and methodological problems in the ranking of universities by bibliometric methods. Scientometrics, 62, 133–143.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Van Raan, A. F. J. (2006). Comparison of the Hirsch-index with standard bibliometric indicators and with peer judgment for 147 chemistry research groups. Scientometrics, 67, 491–502.Google Scholar
  18. Zachos, G. (1991). Research output evaluation of 2 university departments in Greece with the use of bibliometric indicators. Scientometrics, 21, 195–221.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryCity College of New York/CUNYNew YorkUSA

Personalised recommendations