, Volume 84, Issue 1, pp 153–165

Is there a place for a mock h-index?


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-009-0066-2

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Prathap, G. Scientometrics (2010) 84: 153. doi:10.1007/s11192-009-0066-2


The h-index has captured the imagination of scientometricians and bibliometricians to such an extent that one can now divide the history of the subject virtually into a pre-Hirsch and a post-Hirsch period. Beyond its academic value, it is now used as a tool for research assessment of individuals, research faculties and institutions and even for comparing performance of journals and countries. Since its introduction, many Hirsch-type variants have been proposed to overcome perceived limitations of the original index. In this paper, using ideas from mathematical modeling, another mock h-index is proposed which may complement the h-index and give it better resolving power.


Bibliometrics h-index Mock h-index Corrected quality ratio 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Science Communication and Information ResourcesNew DelhiIndia

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