alexa An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Forensic Anthropology

Author(s): J E Hirsch

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I propose the index h, defined as the number of papers with citation number ≥h, as a useful index to characterize the scientific output of a researcher. For the few scientists who earn a Nobel prize, the impact and relevance of their research is unquestionable. Among the rest of us, how does one quantify the cumulative impact and relevance of an individual's scientific research output? In a world of limited resources, such quantification (even if potentially distasteful) is often needed for evaluation and comparison purposes (e.g., for university faculty recruitment and advancement, award of grants, etc.).

This article was published in ProcNatlAcadSci USA and referenced in Journal of Forensic Anthropology

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