Socializing the h-index

Graham Cormode, Qiang Ma, S. Muthukrishnan, Brian Thompson

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    A variety of bibliometric measures have been proposed to quantify the impact of researchers and their work. The h-index is a notable and widely used example which aims to improve over simple metrics such as raw counts of papers or citations. However, a limitation of this measure is that it considers authors in isolation and does not account for contributions through a collaborative team. To address this, we propose a natural variant that we dub the Social h-index. The idea is to redistribute the h-index score to reflect an individual's impact on the research community. In addition to describing this new measure, we provide examples, discuss its properties, and contrast with other measures.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)718-721
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Informetrics
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 2013


    • H-Index
    • Social impact

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Library and Information Sciences


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