Scientometrics

, Volume 84, Issue 1, pp 65–79 | Cite as

Comparative analysis between impact factor and h-index for pharmacology and psychiatry journals

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Abstract

Using strictly the same parameters (identical two publication years (2004–2005) and identical one-year citation window (2006)), IF 2006 was compared with h-index 2006 for two samples of “Pharmacology and Pharmacy” and “Psychiatry” journals computed from the ISI Web of Science. For the two samples, the IF and the h-index rankings of the journals are very different. The correlation coefficient between the IF and the h-index is high for Psychiatry but lower for Pharmacology. The linearity test performed between the h-index and \( \,IF^{{{\frac{\alpha }{\alpha \, + 1}}}} .\,n\,^{{{\frac{1}{\alpha \, + 1}}}} \) showed the great sensitivity of the model compared with α. The IF and h-index can be completely complementary when evaluating journals of the same scientific discipline.

Keywords

Journal impact factor Hirsch index Journal ranking 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université de LyonLyonFrance
  2. 2.Centre de Documentation Pharmaceutique, équipe ELICO, ISPB-Faculté de PharmacieUniversité Lyon 1Lyon cedex 08France
  3. 3.équipe ELICOUniversité Lyon 1VilleurbanneFrance

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