The H-index in Life and Health Sciences: Advantages, Drawbacks and Challenging Opportunities

Author(s): Ricardo Jorge Dinis-Oliveira*

Journal Name: Current Drug Research Reviews
Formerly: Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Volume 11 , Issue 2 , 2019

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Abstract:

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of scientific publications. The h-index offers a consistent estimation method about a researcher’s overall scientific achievements since it combines the total number of publications (i.e., productivity) and the number of citations (i.e., quality of those publications). In other words, the h-index is intended to measure simultaneously the quality and quantity of scientific output in a cumulative approach and does not provide data regarding the recent productivity. This editorial presents advantages and limitations of h-index that all researchers in health sciences need to be aware of, especially if this metric is used for professional progression, and discusses the simple modification indexed to “academic/scientific age”. It is obvious that no single metric is perfect, and the use of two or more metrics is more prone to success.

Keywords: h-index, m-index, limitations, advantages, citation impact, author profiles.

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VOLUME: 11
ISSUE: 2
Year: 2019
Page: [82 - 84]
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.2174/258997751102191111141801

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