# Weighted indices for evaluating the quality of research with multiple authorship

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## Abstract

Devising an index to measure the quality of research is a challenging task. In this paper, we propose a set of indices to evaluate the quality of research produced by an author. Our indices utilize a policy that assigns the weights to multiple authors of a paper. We have considered two weight assignment policies: *positionally weighted* and *equally weighted*. We propose two classes of weighted indices: *weighted h-indices* and *weighted citation h-cuts*. Further, we compare our weighted h-indices with the original *h-index* for a selected set of authors. As opposed to *h*-index, our weighted *h*-indices take into account the weighted contributions of individual authors in multi-authored papers, and may serve as an improvement over *h*-index. The other class of weighted indices that we call *weighted citation h-cuts* take into account the number of citations that are in excess of those required to compute the index, and may serve as a supplement to *h*-index or its variants.

## Keywords

Weighted index Multiple authors Citations Quality of publication## References

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